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2017 United Kingdom First Ever Gold Piedfort Proof Sovereign

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The most important collector coin for years

The coin in question is the first ever United Kingdom double thickness Gold Proof Sovereign.

The modern United Kingdom Gold Sovereign has a history dating back 200 years to 1817. This 200th Anniversary of the modern sovereign was commemorated by the Royal Mint in 2017, with a number of significant (and sold out) releases.

The regular proof issue of the Gold Sovereign sold out in record time, with it featuring a magnificent one-year reverse design that harked back to that first 1817 sovereign coin. This was a reworking of Pistrucci’s masterpiece using remastered tools from the 1817 originals – with the addition of a garter border.

This design featured on all the commemorated sovereign releases in 2017 – including the unprecedented double thickness proof sovereign.

The FIRST EVER Piedfort Sovereign

The design change to the sovereign seen in 2017 was a rare occurrence – the change in 2017 was only the fifth time during the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II that the Sovereign design has changed. As ever, this heightened demand dramatically.

Now add to the fact that the 2017 piedfort sovereign was a genuine first ever – never had a sovereign been issued to this specification. You can appreciate why the demand proved so high for this unique issue - demand which would see the coin sell out of a mintage of 3,500 in just a matter of days.

As a consequence, this double-thickness piedfort sovereign coin is destined to remain in high collector demand for many years to come because it is a significant United Kingdom and Sovereign first. Indeed, the coin is already proving exceptionally scarce on the secondary market.

Official Royal Mint Presentation

Struck in half an ounce of 22 Carat Gold to a peerless proof finish by the Royal Mint, the double thickness coin is also twice the weight of the traditional proof sovereign. With a mintage of just 3,500 coins worldwide quickly sold out, demand for the FIRST EVER Piedfort Proof Sovereign was always go to be huge.

With a small supply still available at Harrington & Byrne for this unique Gold Proof Piedfort Sovereign release, an immediate response is strongly recommended.

Housed in official Royal Mint Presentation Case with Certificate of Authenticity, the 2017 Proof Piedfort Sovereign is the must-have issue of the last 12 months – don’t miss out.

Key Issue Information:

  • The FIRST EVER United Kingdom double thickness Piedfort Sovereign
  • Released to coincide with the celebration for the 200th anniversary of the modern sovereign
  • Limited to 3,500 - the coin sold out immediately on release at the Royal Mint
  • The coin features the same commemorative reverse design that featured on the sold out regular proof sovereign coin – a revisiting of Benedetto Pistrucci’s original 1817 with garter border
  • Struck in half an ounce of 22 Carat Gold and housed in official Royal Mint Presentation Case with numbered Certificate of Authenticity

Metal: 22 Carat Gold

Year of issue: 2017

Edition Limit: 3,500

Diameter: 22.05mm

Weight: 15.96g

Finish: Proof

Country of issue: United Kingdom

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II

Reverse: Original 1817 St George & the Dragon garter design


Delivery via Royal Mail

Estimated Delivery Time: 7-10 Working Days

Delivery available throughout the United Kingdom


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