British Gold Coin Proof Sets
In 1980, the Royal Mint issued, for the first time since 1937, a gold coin proof set. The 1937 set had been produced for the Coronation of George VI following a tradition established in the early 19th century. Although proof gold coins are known to have been produced in 1953 for the Coronation of Elizabeth II, these were only produced in extremely small numbers, and were never issued for sale to collectors, and none, to our knowledge have ever come to market. This makes the 1980 set the first issued for over 60 years, and only the fourth issued during the twentieth century.
Although the Mint started to issue gold proof sets regularly from 1980, 4 coin sets are not all years are available in all years, in fact, there are only two dates, 1980 and 1982, bearing the second or decimal portrait, in which all four gold coins were issued in proof sets. 1980 therefore along with 1982 will have a particular appeal to those who collect "types" rather than every single date.
The Four Coins
The four 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, and a five pound gold coin.
Five Pounds||36.02||39.94||1.1771||St George & Dragon
Two Pounds||28.40||15.98||0.4708||St George & Dragon
Sovereign (Pound)||22.05||7.99||0.2354||St George & Dragon
Half Sovereign (Fifty Pence)||19.30||3.99||0.1177||St George & Dragon
Notes on Table
Weight = gross weight in grams.
*AGW = Actual intrinsic gold weight in troy ounces.
Prices & Availability
Call to check availability
On Monday 7th November we noticed the Royal Mint were selling this set for £3,450 and they were awaiting stock. At the time we were selling the same set for £2,489 and we had them available for immediate delivery!
More information about British gold sets is available on our British Gold Sets Information page.
You may wish to use our order form.
Other 1980 World Gold Coins
Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order, plus £1 per £1,000
EU Insured Post £10 per order, plus £1 per £1,000
USA Airmail $10,
Insured Shipping $20, plus $1 per $1,000
Canada Airmail $15,
Insured Shipping via Fedex $60, plus $1 per $1,000
Obverse of 1980 Gold Proof Sovereign
British Gold Sets Information
British 4 Coin Gold Sets For Sale
Reverse of 1980 Gold Proof Sovereign
1980 Four Coin Sovereign Set in Presentation Box