Royal Mint Dragon
Today, Tuesday 4th January 2005, the Royal Mint had adverts in national newspapers offering the new gold sovereigns and half sovereigns.
There was also a link to its website "www.royalmint.com/dragon". We tried the link and found it only linked to the 2004 issue, not the 2005!
If you were searching for "Royal Mint Dragon", then look no further, we have plenty in stock, at better prices.
Year 2005 Gold Sovereigns
During 2004, we wondered whether the 2005 sovereigns would have the familiar St. George and Dragon design, or a special single year one-off design.
New Old Design
In 1989 and again in 2002, the Royal Mint issued gold sovereigns with a different design, in each case for one single year only. These appear to have proved popular. The 1989 was available as a proof only, indeed no ordinary uncirculated sovereigns were issued from 1983 to 1999. Although from memory it only sold normally when it was first issued, it has seen increasing demand from the growing numbers of sovereign collectors. As the supply is limited, the prices of these sovereigns have been increasing, they now change hands at about double the original issue price.
The 2002 sovereigns for the Golden Jubilee were of a shield design, reflecting the similar device used in the early period of Victoria's reign from 1838 to 1871. Once again these were popular, time will tell whether they reach the price levels of the 1989's.
Updated St. George
We discovered in October 2004, that the new 2005 design will be a re-worked and stylised version of the traditional St George & Dragon design which has been used on sovereigns, with a few breaks, since 1817. The silver crown issued in 1935 for the Silver Jubilee of George V featured a stylised deco version of St. George and the dragon, which is sometimes called the "rocking horse crown". Although we were not around when it was issued, we can guess that it was not universally popular when it was issued, and opinion is still divided about its artistic and aesthetic merits. The Isle of Man also produce sovereigns with a St. George and dragon design, or a Viking and dragon, these seem to be popular.
We can predict that the new design will divide opinion, as do all new designs. We tend to be quite positive and receptive to new ideas and designs, and expect to like the new design when we see it. We also believe that the introduction of new ideas and designs is good as it stimulates discussion and interest in collecting coins in general. The traditionalists will no doubt prefer the existing St George design, others will prefer the new design. It is just possible that the combination of old and new will unite these factions, but it is more likely to create and deepen divisions
Uncirculated (Bullion) Version
The Royal Mint have advised us that our first batch of 1,000 of the uncirculated bullion sovereigns, which we have already paid for, should be ready for shipping to us on Tuesday 4th January 2005, and we expect to receive them the next day.
Proofs Expected in February 2005
Between 2000 and 2004, the proof version sovereigns have been released between January to June, the official releae date for 2005 is January 24th, so we expect to receive our first delivey on the 25th.
For 2005, the issue limit has been reduced from a maximum of 100,000 uncirculated to only 75,000 pieces maximum. The issue limit for the proof version has been reduced from 15,000 to only 12,500 coins. We believe the reduced issue limits combined with special design may lead to an early sell-out, and to increased resale prices for both version of this issue in the future.
For prices and availability, please see our 2005 sovereigns page.
Postage & Packing
UK at Buyer's Risk £3.50 per order, or...
UK Fully Insured £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail at Buyer's Risk $10 US, or...
USA Insured Shipping $20 US
Canada Airmail at Buyer's Risk $15 Can, or...
Canada Insured Shipping via Fedex $40 Can
Reverse of 2005 Sovereign
Bullion Coin Selector Page
2005 Half Sovereigns
Obverse of 2005 Sovereign
Proof Sovereign in Display Card