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British Gold Coin Proof Sets

1996 Gold Sovereign Proof Set

When the Royal Mint started regularly to produce gold coins sets in 1980, they set an issue limit of 10,000 sets, and managed to sell every set. Since then the annual mintage figures have generally declined. 1996 saw the low mintage figure of only 742 sets issued. Millennium year 2000 for example saw the issue limit of 1,250 sets sell out quite quickly. The 1996 gold proof set features the third portrait of the Queen, as used from 1985 to 1997 inclusive on most British coins. The issue quantity was less than a seventh of the 1985 issue. The issue limit placed on the 1996 set was 1,250 and only 742 were issued. There were 5,849 of the 1985 sets issued.

Type Collecting

In 1996, a special commemorative gold £2 was issued, but, unlike 1986, 1994 and 1995, this was not included in the four coin gold proof set, which reverted to using the traditional St. George and Dragon reverse design.

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.

New Presentation

In 1990, the four coin gold proof set packaging was re-designed, and changed to a red leather box, and for the first time, a gold-plated medallion was including, with a crowned "Elizabeth R" above the date. The medallion included in the 1996 sets has a rat on the reverse to mark the Chinese lunar year of the rat.

Coin Set Specifications

DenominationDiameterWeightAGW*Description
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 
Gold Plated Medallion25 x 22  1996 - Rat

Notes on Table

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

Prices & Availability

Quantity Premium % Surcharge Rate Buy
1 25.00 £0.00 £2,467.00 Call to check availability

More Information

More information about British gold sets is available on our British Gold Sets Information page.

1996 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
Second Portrait as Used from 1985

Obverse of 1996 Gold Proof Sovereign

British Gold Sets Information

British 4 Coin Gold Sets For Sale

Reverse of 1996 Proof Sovereign

Reverse of 1996 Gold Proof Sovereign

1996 Gold Proof Set in Box

1996 Gold Proof Set in Presentation Box

 


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