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Home - Sovereigns - Queen Elizabeth II - 1959 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: 1,385,228

    • - 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 1959

22 Jan - Racing driver Mike Hawthorn is killed after his Jaguar 3.4-litre car collides with a tree on the A3 near Guildford.

23 Feb - Prime Minister Harold Macmillan holds talks with the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev on a visit to the USSR.

30 Mar - 20,000 demonstrators attend a CND rally in Trafalgar Square.

30 Apr - Icelandic gunboat fires on British trawlers in the first of the "Cod Wars" over fishing rights.

24 May - British Empire Day becomes Commonwealth Day.

3 Jun - Singapore is granted self-governing status.

11 Jun - Christopher Cockerell's invention the hovercraft officially launched.

28 Jul - UK postcodes are introduced for the first time, as an experiment, in the city of Norwich.

26 Aug - The first Mini goes on sale.

8 Oct - General election results in a record third successive Conservative victory.

2 Nov - The first section of the M1 motorway is opened between Watford and Rugby.

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