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Home - Sovereigns - Queen Elizabeth II - 1957 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Full Sovereign

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£329.95


    • - Struck in 22ct gold

    • - Weight: 7.98g / Diameter: 22.05mm

    • - Obverse by Mary Gillick

    • - Featuring Reverse design of St George & the dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci

    • - Mintage: 8,700,000

    • - Mintage: 2,072,000

    • - Presentation case available

The very first sovereigns struck of Queen Elizabeth’s reign were dated 1953 and only a very few were struck in proof form, no currency type coins exist and the proof itself is only held in national collections so it is not one which is expected to come to the market place. I mention this very special coin as its portrait design by Mary Gillick remained exactly the same for the first year of the currency type issue in 1957 but due to changes in the Commonwealth the words BRITT.OMN had been removed from the obverse. So by the time the public got their first look at the sovereign we were already on the 2nd bust.

Mary Gillick’s second portrait design also known as the pre-decimal head sovereign was produced from 1957-1959 and 1962-1968, 1960-61 do not exist. The 1957 has a finer edge milling often referred to as graining and to simplify means that it has more milling then 1958 onwards.

Major events of 1957

Jan 1 - George Town, Penang becomes a city by a royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Jan 10 - After Anthony Eden's resignation Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Mar 8 - Egypt reopens the Suez Canal after Israel withdraws from occupied Egyptian territory

Mar 15 - Great Britain becomes the third nation to explode a nuclear bomb

Mar 25 - Treaty of Rome establishes European Economic Community (Common Mkt)

Apr 11 - Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.

Jul 6 - John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at a church dinner

Oct 14 - Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first Canadian monarch to open the Parliament of Canada with the Speech from the Throne.

Oct 17 - Britain's Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visit the White House

Oct 30 - Soviet Union launches Sputnik II, carrying a dog named Laika

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