The Sovereign 2024: The chief coin in the world
As we step into the latest chapter in the enduring legacy of the Sovereign, the 2024 collection emerges as a masterpiece, placing William Wyon's dramatic St George & the Dragon at its forefront. A faithful reproduction of Wyon's 19th Century masterpiece, this design captures the timeless tale of good over evil.
What makes this collection unique from the last?
What sets the Sovereign 2024 apart are its exceptionally low quantities, making each coin a symbol of exclusivity. The classic design, remastered by our team of engravers, seamlessly combines traditional craftsmanship with modern minting techniques. The result is a coin that not only stands as a tribute to its historical roots but also proves its ability to withstand the test of time.Shop Now
William Wyon’s St George & The Dragon
Now the page turns once again and that story begins anew, as William Wyon’s dramatic St George & the Dragon takes centre stage as the definitive design for our 2024 Sovereign Collection. This faithful reproduction of Wyon’s masterpiece has been created by our expert team who have combined traditional craftsmanship, techniques that would have been familiar to Wyon himself, with the very latest in minting technologies to capture every fine detail in our highest quality Proof finish.
The Story of Artistry and Rivalry
The narrative of the Sovereign is woven with tales of artistry and rivalry, dating back to the Great Recoinage of 1816. A competition between the defining coin engravers of the 19th Century, Benedetto Pistrucci and William Wyon. Leading to the iconic image of St George slaying a dragon, symbolising victory over adversity. The tensions between these two masters were eventually eased, creating a harmonious collaboration that contributed to the coin's enduring legacy.
This collection pays tribute to the rich history of the Sovereign, struck in 22 carat gold to specifications dating back to the Great Recoinage of 1816. The connection between this contemporary Sovereign and its 19th Century predecessor is not only preserved but enhanced.
Previously Issued Sovereigns 2023
The Sovereign's journey with the 2023 collection, marked the first release during the reign of His Majesty King Charles III. Celebrating the heritage and heraldry of the King's family history, the Royal Arms take centre stage, making it the largest coin in the collection.
The partnership with The East India Company further enriches the Sovereign's history, reaching back to the Great Recoinage of 1816. Today, Sovereigns are issued in collaboration with St Helena Government, carrying classical and traditional designs. The 2023 collection symbolises a significant moment in King Charles III's reign and pays tribute to the lineage of the Sovereign.
Hand engraved by expert medallist Elles Kloosterman, each Sovereign denomination has taken hours of delicate dedication to create a series of completely unique Sovereigns capturing and emphasising each detail of this iconic symbol. Each coin is surrounded by a Latin inscription “DIEU ET MON DROIT”, meaning “God and My Right”.
The significance of the Royal Arms and the Monarchy
The Royal Arms represents the Head of State in the United Kingdom, currently His Majesty King Charles III.The arms find their place on structures and services representing the Crown, such as UK courtrooms and the nation's coins. Formally recognised as 'His Majesty’s Government,' the British Government proudly displays these arms on Embassy entrances and British passports.
At its core, a shield showcases the national symbols of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, upheld by the Lion of England and the Unicorn of Scotland. Encircled by a garter displaying the motto “HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE” (“Evil to him who evil thinks”), the Lion and Unicorn rest on a grassy bank above the monarch's motto for the United Kingdom, “DIEU ET MON DROIT”, meaning “God and my right”.
Symbols of Heraldry & Heritage
Fig II: The Unicorn of Scotland:
Believed to symbolise bravery, innocence and intelligence, it stands on the left-hand side of the shield, known as the ‘Sinister Supporter’.
The Sovereign Collection 2022
In 2022, we honoured Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee with a special Sovereign Gold Proof Collection. Featuring the Royal Arms design, this collection paid tribute to a monarch who dedicated 70 years of unwavering service. The Sovereign 2022 stands as a testament to the true meaning and importance of monarchy, celebrating the unique life of a sovereign who defined an era.
The 2021 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign Collection
Commemorating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 95th Birthday, the 2021 collection features 3 iconic representations on the obverse and St George & the Dragon on the reverse. A tribute to the queen who navigated the nation through various challenges. Additionally, the collection honoured the end of the reign of King George III, showcasing some of the most iconic coin designs from that era.
The 2020 King George III Sovereign Collection
Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the end of the reign of King George III with some of the most iconic coin designs issued in his reign. This collection is no longer available.
The 2019 Queen Victoria Sovereign Collection
Issued in memorial of the 200th Anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth, the 2019 collection celebrates the most iconic and beautiful coinage of her reign. Featuring designs like Una & the Lion and the Gothic Crown, this collection pays homage to a monarch whose era left an indelible mark on numismatic history.