- Featuring Reverse design of St George & the dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci
- Mintage: 3,000,000
- 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 1962
5 January – the first album on which The Beatles play, My Bonnie, credited to "Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers" (recorded last June in Hamburg), is released by Polydor.
4 February – The Sunday Times becomes the first paper to print a colour supplement.
10 February – end of the Queen's 10th regnal year. From this year, Acts of Parliament are dated by calendar year.
6 March – Accrington Stanley, members of the Football League Fourth Division, resign from the Football League due to huge debts.
7 March – an outlier of the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 destroys the Cornish community of Wherrytown near Penzance.
2 April – panda crossings are introduced but their complex sequences of pulsating and flashing lights cause confusion amongst drivers and pedestrians.
4 April – James Hanratty is hanged at Bedford Prison for the A6 murder, despite protestations from many people who believed he was innocent, and the late introduction of witnesses who claimed to have seen him in Rhyl, North Wales, on the day of the murder.
18 April – Commonwealth Immigrants Act in the United Kingdom removes free immigration from the citizens of member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, requiring proof of employment in the UK. This comes into effect on 1 July.
8 May – the last trolleybuses run in London.
6 June – The Beatles play their first session at Abbey Road Studios.
11 July – live television broadcast from the USA to Britain for the first time, via the Telstar communications satellite and Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station.
18 August – The Beatles play their first live engagement with the line-up of John, Paul, George and Ringo, at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight.
20 September – Ford launches the Cortina, a family saloon costing £573 and similar in size to the Vauxhall Victor, Hillman Minx and Morris Oxford Farina.
29 November – an agreement is signed between Britain and France to develop the Concorde supersonic airliner.
2–7 December – severe smog in London causes numerous deaths.
22 December – "Big Freeze" in Britain: no frost-free nights until 5 March 1963.