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British Gold Coin Proof Sets

1982 Gold Sovereign Proof Set

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.

Type Collecting

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. 1982 therefore along with 1980 will have a particular appeal to those who collect "types" rather than every single date.
10,000 of the 1980 sets were issued compared with only 2,500 of the 1982 sets.

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.

Coin Set Specifications

Five Pounds36.0239.941.1771St George & Dragon
Two Pounds28.4015.980.4708St George & Dragon
Sovereign (Pound)22.057.990.2354St George & Dragon
Half Sovereign (Fifty Pence)19.303.990.1177St George & Dragon
Total 67.902.0011 

Notes on Table

Weight = gross weight in grams.
*AGW = Actual intrinsic gold weight in troy ounces.

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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
Second Portrait as Used in 1982

Obverse of 1982 Gold Proof Sovereign

British Gold Sets Information

British 4 Coin Gold Sets For Sale

St George & Dragon Reverse on Proof Gold Sovereign

Reverse of 1982 Gold Proof Sovereign

1982 Gold Proof Set in Box

1982 Four Coin Sovereign Set in Presentation Box


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