2012 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Diamond Jubilee BU

2012 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Diamond Jubilee BU

Any quantity only $17.99 per coin over spot!
This Gold coin has an updated rendition of St. George slaying a dragon to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. This special one year only design from the British Royal Mint makes a great addition to any Gold coin collection.

Coin Highlights:

  • All coins will be in Brilliant Uncirculated Condition.
  • Contains .2354 oz actual Gold weight.
  • Each coin will be in a protective plastic flip.
  • Obverse: Depicts a bust of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.
  • Reverse: An updated version of St. George mounted on horseback slaying a dragon.
  • Minted at the British Royal Mint.

Protect your coin in style by adding attractive presentation box recommended for this coin.

With a unique updated design on the classic Gold Sovereign design, these coins are ideal for any Gold coin collector. Add one of these artistic Gold British Sovereign coins to your cart today!

Listed in Krause as KM#1207.

The Great Britain Gold Sovereign coin is a staple within the United Kingdom’s one thousand year history of minting coins. Produced at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, Wales, the Great Britain Gold Sovereign contains 1 oz of pure Gold and is available in half sovereigns, standard £1 sovereigns, double sovereigns and £5 sovereigns.

The original Gold Sovereign was last minted in 1604 but after more than 200 years, the coin was revived by the Great Recoinage of 1816 in an attempt by the British government to stabilize the currency and economy following the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars. In 1817, the “new” Gold Sovereigns were struck but production of these coins has been inconsistent. The coin was struck annually for the first 100 following reintroduction, but between 1917 and 1957, the coin was only struck in 1925 when Winston Churchill attempted to return the U.K. to the Gold standard. From 1949 to 1951, new coins were minted, but the coin was backdated because the coin was stuck using the die from 1925 and featured His Majesty King George V instead of King George VI, the reigning monarch at the time. Annual production resumed in 1957. Prior to 1932, before Britain abandoned the Gold standard, Gold Sovereigns were circulated throughout the public.

During the Victorian era, it was the practice of the Bank of England to remove worn sovereigns and half sovereigns from circulation and have them melted and recoined. Consequently, a staggering one billion sovereigns have been minted to date, but that number includes Gold that has been melted down and reminted into new coins. Additionally, when Gold Sovereigns were sent overseas for international payments, like in the United States, they were often melted down into Gold bars because of federal regulations in place at the time. On average, the Great Britain Gold Sovereigns had a lifespan of 15 years before falling below the “least current weight”, the minimum amount of Gold a coin could contain and still be considered legal tender. In 1889 and 1890, Orders in Council were made, allowing members of the public to return any Gold Sovereign struck before 1837 to the Bank of England to be replaced by full-weight coins.

The initial reverse image was the shield and crown motif surrounded by a heraldic wreath. This was succeeded by the portrayal of Saint George killing a dragon. Historically, other designs have been used during the reigns of King William IV, Queen Victoria, King George IV, and Queen Elizabeth II, but the image of Saint George and the dragon is still used on coins minted today.

Although Eastern in origin, the legend of Saint George slaying a dragon is part of England’s great history. Crusaders returned home to England and told of a place in Libya called Silene. The town had a small lake where a vicious dragon lived and poisoned the entire countryside. To appease the dragon, the villagers fed him two sheep a day. Once all the sheep had been sacrificed, the villagers started offering their children, drawn from a lottery, to the dragon. The day came when the king of Silene’s daughter was chosen to be fed to the dragon. Beside himself with despair and grief, the king offered the villagers all his Gold and Silver and half of his kingdom, but they refused. As the princess was sent to be fed to the dragon, Saint George rode past the lake. The princess tried to send him away, but he vowed to remain and as they were conversing, the dragon emerged. Saint George charged the beast on horseback and seriously injured it with his lance. He then yelled to the princess to removed her girdle and place it around the dragon’s neck. When she did so, the dragon meekly followed the girl without struggle. Saint George and the princess returned to Silene with the dragon where Saint George offered to kill the dragon if everyone in Silene converted to Christianity. Everyone immediately agreed and Saint George then struck the dragon with his sword, killing it. The king was so relieved the nightmare was over that he built a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint George on the site where the dragon died and water sprang forth from its alter that cured all ailments.
Customer Reviews of 2012 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Diamond Jubilee BU
2012 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Diamond Jubilee BU
4.8 Overall

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A good buy with a low premium

By  Bill

from Houston, TX

5.0

I have purchased Sovereigns in the past and this particular one I had considered before. When they put them on sale, I couldn't resist. One time design and mintage, beautiful coin and a good value.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

2012 Great Britain Diamond Jubilee Special Gold Sovereign

By  markflorida

from Sarasota Fl

5.0

The year 1816 was a landmark for British coinage. The mint was moved from the Tower of London to a new site on Tower Hill and steam powered minting machinery built by Boulton and Watt replaced the old hand operated presses. Significantly, new coinage was produced with an intrinsic value substantially below the face value of each coin - the first official token coinage in the world. Gold sovereigns are probably the world's most famous and recognisable coins. They are extremely hard to replicate, smaller than a heavy 1oz so easier to carry and sell. Don't get caught up on the American Eagle hype, the Gold Sovereign is a superior coin, more well respected and has been around 180 years longer and still going strong today. Apex check the quality of the Gold Sovereigns they sell, they are all genuine so you have no concerns, if you are concerned consider the slabbed Sovereigns, from NGC or PCGS. The 2012 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Diamond Jubilee is one-of-a-kind gold sovereign, quite low mintage and one that will only increase in value in terms of Gold and numismatic value as collectors scramble to get their hands on them.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Diamond Jubilee

By  Brewman

from Ohio

4.0

The reverse design has a polished-look that makes it hard to see the design. Design is not defined very well as it is displayed under magnification.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Recognized Brand

Cons

  • Unattractive Design

Beautiful, unique coin

By  Georgia Dave

from Jasper, GA

5.0

As a sovereign collector it was a given that I would get one of the Diamond Jubilees. It's a beauty! The premium is a bit higher than the other modern sovereigns, but since this is a unique, one-off design year, I believe it's worth it. Despite a higher than average mintage (750,000), hopefully we'll still see a decent appreciation on this one over time.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell

Cool, lovely coin!

By  ExHack

from Las Vegas, NV

5.0

I have bought several "grab bag" Sovereigns, was impressed by the quality and design (2 George Vs and an early QE2), and when I saw this variation I had to have it. The 2012 reverse was a one-year-only modern take on St. George and the Dragon and is a beautiful design. My coin came in perfect, highly-polished BU condition (get a 22mm Air-Tite holder for them - form factor is nearly identical to the 1/4-ozt Gold Eagle). Try to buy when these are on sale, as the normal premium over spot is a heavy hit (on sale at this writing, the premium drops by a third). Nice to have at least one in the stack for a little variety, even if I won't be stacking em.

Pros

  • Mint Condition
  • Easy to Sell
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Attractive Design
  • Recognized Brand

Great value for the price

By  trebete

from Chicago, Illinois

5.0

2012 Great Britain Sovereign Diamond Jubilee Gold Bullion is a nice designed coin, I will buy another one in the near future.

Pros

  • Attractive Design

A Must for Sovereign Collectors

By  Dave E.

from NJ

5.0

2012 was a one-off year for the reverse design of the British Gold Sovereign, therefore, more difficult to find. APMEX provides this coin in BU condition at a very good price. Highly recommended.

Pros

  • Recognized Brand
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition
  • Attractive Design
  • Value (low premium over spot)

Sovereign Type Collectors

By  Ray

from Seattle

4.0

Great design for type collectors, and have to have one. Only problem is due to the chrome like finish, it's hard to see the design. Preferred the traditional satin or proof finish.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Value (low premium over spot)

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