In 1989 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the First Gold Sovereign, the Royal Mint released a very special Limited Issue solid 22 Carat Gold Proof Full Sovereign Coin and features a new obverse and reverse design.
The 1989 Gold Proof Full Sovereign Coin, designed by Bernard Sindali, are modern adaptions of the original sovereign design of 1489. The reverse is a Shield of the Royal Arms ensigned by an open Royal Crown, the whole superimposed upon a double rose and the circumscription 'ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOLD SOVEREIGN 1489-1989.'
The obverse shows Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II seated as at her Coronation, within the circumscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF, which may be translated as Elizabeth II - by grace of god, Queen, defender of the faith.
Issuing Country: United Kingdom
Metal: Solid 22 Carat Gold
Weight: 7.98 Grams
Quality: Gold Proof
Issue Limit: 10,535 Worldwide
These legal tender coins have been struck to proof quality using specially prepared dies and highly polished blanks.
This coin is supplied in the Red Royal Mint box before they moved on to the later issued coins in the burgundy box.