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British Gold Coin Proof Sets

1989 Gold Sovereign Proof Set

The designs used on all four 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 four 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 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.


1989Five Pounds (Quintuple Sovereign)Sovereign 500th Anniversary Designs36.0239.941.1771
1989Two Pounds (Double Sovereign)Sovereign 500th Anniversary Designs28.4015.980.4708
1989Sovereign (Pound)Sovereign 500th Anniversary Designs22.057.980.2354
1989Half Sovereign (Fifty Pence)Sovereign 500th Anniversary Designs19.303.990.1177
1989Total (All 4 Coins)Sovereign 500th Anniversary Designs 67.902.0011


Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Gross weight in grams.
*AGW = Actual intrinsic gold weight in troy ounces.

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1989 Three 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

Gold Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including 1989 gold proof sovereign sets. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

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

Obverse of 1989 500th Anniversary Gold Proof Sovereign

British Gold Sets Information

British 4 Coin Gold Sets For Sale

Crowned Tudor Rose Bearing Royal Arms on Reverse of 1989 Sovereign

Reverse of 1989 500th Anniversary Gold Proof Sovereign

1989 Gold Proof Set in Box

1989 Four Coin Sovereign Set in Presentation Box


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