1997 Gold 3 Coin Proof Sets
This year, 1997, saw the introduction of a new bi-metallic £2 coin for circulation. Appropriately the new coin is included in the 4 coin gold proof set. The circulation version of the new coin has a gold coloured nickel brass outer disc, with a silvery coloured cupro-nickel inner. The gold version retains the bi-metallic theme by having a centre of yellow gold within an outer disc of red gold.
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.
Coloured Gold Alloys
For those who are interested in technical information, and wonder about the difference between the two different gold alloys used, we will give a brief explanation.
As you will know, pure gold is yellow. When it is alloyed with other metals, the colour of the resulting alloy will be different, and sometimes quite unpredictable from the layman's viewpoint. All the coins in this set are made of 22 carat gold, this means 22 parts out of 24 parts by weight. Expressed in parts per thousand, 22 carat is 916.6 parts per 1,000. The other 2 parts per 24 can be any other metal, but are usually copper, silver, or a mixture of the two. If all the balance is copper, the final alloy will have a very red colour, if all silver, then the resulting colour would be very yellow, almost green. By balancing the proportions finely, a range of colours can be produced between the two extremes.
Two Pounds||28.40||15.98||Yellow Centre, Red Outer, 4 Ages
Sovereign (Pound)||22.05||7.98||St. George & Dragon
Half Sovereign (Fifty Pence)||19.30||3.99||St. George & Dragon
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1997 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
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1997 British Gold 3 Coin Proof Set in Presentation Box
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Obverse of 1997 Gold Proof Sovereign
Reverse of 1997 Gold Proof Sovereign