British Gold Coin Proof Sets
1985 Gold Sovereign Proof Set
The 1985 set was only the third 4 coin gold proof set issued for Elizabeth II. The sets of 1981, 1983, and 1984 did not contain all four gold coins.
In 1985, the portrait used on the obverse of our coinage changed from the second or decimal portrait, to a more mature third portrait which continued in use until 1997 inclusive.
The only other four coin gold proof sets of the same type, with the Saint George and Dragon design and the third portrait, were issued in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993.
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 Proof Specifications
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
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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
Serial numbers exist higher than 5,849 for these sets. The reason for this is that the Royal Mint do not (or did not) necessarily use their certificates in strict numerical order.
Obverse of 1985 Gold Proof Sovereign
British Gold Sets Information
British 4 Coin Gold Sets For Sale
Reverse of 1985 Gold Proof Sovereign
1985 Four Coin Sovereign Set in Presentation Box