Gold Sovereign – Elizabeth II – Fourth Portrait – 1998-2017

Weight (grams) Purity content Fineness
8 7.322 916.7
£362.09

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Fourth Portrait Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS portrait – The idea of replacing the Maklouf portrait came about during a competition to design the obverse of the Wedding crown. The standard of entries for the conjoint portrait of The Queen and Prince Philip was so high that it was decided to explore the possibility of a new coinage portrait for circulating coins, too. The winning design by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, introduced in 1998, makes for an interesting contrast with its predecessor, being less idealised and more strongly realistic. Ian Rank-Broadley explained there was: “No need to disguise the matureness of The Queen’s years. There is no need to flatter her. She is a 70-year-old woman with poise and bearing.” The portrait also appeared as large as possible within the framework of the coin, as he wanted to maximise its impact on smaller coins like the new 5p, 10p and 50p pieces. Country : United Kingdom Queen : Elizabeth II (1952-date) Type : Non-circulating coin Years : 1998-2015 Value : 1 Sovereign (1 GBP) Currency : Pound sterling (decimalized, 1971-date) Composition : Gold (.9167) Pure Gold Content : 7.322 g Weight : 7.98 g Diameter : 22.05 mm Thickness : 1.52 mm Shape : Round