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Home - Sovereigns - Queen Elizabeth II - 1963 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: 7,400,000

    • - 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 1963

January–April – winter of 1963: Britain has the worst winter since 1946–1947. Low temperatures keep snow lying around until early-April in some areas.

7 January – Granada Television first broadcasts World in Action, its influential investigative current affairs series, which will run for thirty-five years.

18 January – Hugh Gaitskell, Labour Party leader, dies suddenly aged 56.

23 January – double agent Kim Philby disappears from Beirut having defected to the Soviet Union.

29 January – Charles de Gaulle, President of France, vetoes the UK's entry into the European Economic Community.

14 February – the Labour Party elects 46-year-old Huyton MP Harold Wilson as its new leader and Leader of the Opposition.

22 March – the Beatles release their first album, Please Please Me.

27 March – chairman of British Railways Dr Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the UK's rail network.

24 April – Princess Alexandra of Kent marries the Hon Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey.

May – the last servicemen are released from conscription as National Service ends.

5 June – Profumo affair: John Profumo, Secretary of State for War, admits to misleading Parliament and resigns over his affair with Christine Keeler.

1 July – Kim Philby named as the "Third Man" in the Burgess and Maclean spy ring.

12 July – Pauline Reade, 16, is reported missing on her way to a dance in Gorton, Manchester, the first victim of the Moors murders.

8 August – the Great Train Robbery takes place in Buckinghamshire.

25 September – the Denning Report on the Profumo affair is published.

26 September – Vauxhall launches the new Viva, a small family saloon, similar in size to BMC's 1100 and the Ford Anglia.

18 October – Macmillan resigns as Prime Minister.

19 October – Alec Douglas Home replaces Macmillan as UK Prime Minister, renouncing his peerage.

18 November – the Dartford Tunnel opens.

22 November – C. S. Lewis, the author most famous for the Narnia books (1950–1955), dies at the age of sixty-five in Oxford. However, media coverage of his death (as also that of Aldous Huxley in the United States on the same day) is overshadowed by the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy.

23 November – First episode of the long-running BBC Television science fiction series Doctor Who is broadcast.

21 December – first episode of the seven-part serial The Daleks broadcast in the Doctor Who series, introducing the alien Daleks (revealed fully in the following week's episode).

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