1989 Gold 3 Coin Proof Sets
The designs used on all three coins in this set recreate those used on the very first gold sovereigns for Henry VII in 1489.
The obverse features a majestic portrait of Queen Elizabeth seated facing on a throne. The reverse is a crowned shield within a Tudor double rose.
The similar original sovereign designs continued in use through to Elizabeth I over a century later, and some James I gold coins still used a similar obverse up until 1619.
The designs used for the gold coins in 1989 were not used on any other coins, or in any other year, so this set becomes a "must" for type collectors.
The Three Coins
The three gold coins we refer to are, of course, the gold sovereign and half sovereign, along with the two pound coin, often called a double sovereign.
The obverse, or head side, shows the Queen seated facing on a throne. The majestic appearance of this design, combined with the large size, weight and purity of the original sovereigns, is the reason the new gold coin came to be called a sovereign in the first place.
The reverse design also mirrors its 500 year old original counterpart, bearing the Royal Arms surmounted on a crowned double Tudor rose.
1989||Two Pounds (Double Sovereign)||Sovereign 500th Anniversary Designs||28.40||15.98
1989||Sovereign (Pound)||Sovereign 500th Anniversary Designs||22.05||7.98
1989||Half Sovereign (Fifty Pence)||Sovereign 500th Anniversary Designs||19.30||3.99
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Gross weight in grams.
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1989 Four Coin Sovereign Set
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UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order, plus £1 per £1,000
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1989 British Gold 3 Coin Proof Set in Presentation Box
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Obverse of 1989 Gold Proof Sovereign
Reverse of 1989 Gold Proof Sovereign