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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.

Type Collecting

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.


1989Two Pounds (Double Sovereign)Sovereign 500th Anniversary Designs28.4015.98
1989Sovereign (Pound)Sovereign 500th Anniversary Designs22.057.98
1989Half Sovereign (Fifty Pence)Sovereign 500th Anniversary Designs19.303.99


Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Gross weight in grams.

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1989 Four Coin Sovereign Set

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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
Three Coin Gold Set in Case

1989 British Gold 3 Coin Proof Set in Presentation Box

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The Queen Seated on a Throne on the Obverse of 1989 Gold Sovereign

Obverse of 1989 Gold Proof Sovereign

Crowned Tudor Rose Bearing Royal Arms on Reverse of 1989 Sovereign

Reverse of 1989 Gold Proof Sovereign


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