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Home - Sovereigns - Queen Elizabeth II - 1958 Queen Elizabeth II Gold Full Sovereign



    • - 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

    • - Die Axis: ↑ / ↑

    • - 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 1958

6 Feb - Manchester United F.C. team plane flying back from a European Cup tie in Belgrade crashes on take-off after refuelling at Munich Airport in West Germany.

2 Mar - British team led by Sir Vivian Fuchs completes the first crossing of the Antarctic using Sno-Cat caterpillar tractors and dogsled teams in 99 days.

19 Mar - official opening by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh of the London Planetarium, the first planetarium in Britain.[8]Public presentations commenced on 20 March.

22 Apr - the Hancock's Half Hour episode "Sunday Afternoon at Home" is first broadcast on BBC radio.

27 Apr - BOAC's first de Havilland Comet 4 makes its maiden flight.

4 Jun - Duke of Edinburgh's Award presented for the first time at Buckingham Palace.

9 Jun - Queen officially reopens Gatwick Airport, which has been expanded at a cost of more than £7,000,000.

26 Jul - Queen gives her son Charles the customary title of Prince of Wales.

5 Sep - Severe storm over the South-East of England seriously disrupts communications.

28 Oct - State Opening of Parliament is broadcast on television for the first time.

10 Nov - Donald Campbell sets the world water speed record at 248.62 mph.

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