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Home - Sovereigns - Queen Elizabeth II - 1964 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: 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 1964

1 January – Top of the Pops first airs on BBC TV.

20 January – eleven men go on trial at Buckinghamshire Assizes in Aylesbury charged in connection with the Great Train Robbery five months ago.

21 January – Government figures show that the average weekly wage is £16.

21 February – £10 banknotes are issued for the first time since the Second World War.

10 March – the Queen gives birth to her fourth child and third son.

26 March – verdicts are passed on ten men for their role in the Great Train Robbery after one of the longest criminal trials and longest jury retirals in English legal history.

28 March – "pirate" radio station Radio Caroline begins regular broadcasting from a ship anchored just outside UK territorial waters off Felixstowe.

9 April – Labour wins the first elections to the Greater London Council.

16 April – sentence is passed on eleven men for their role in the Great Train Robbery, seven receiving 30 years each.

20 April – The Queen's son's name is registered as Edward.

1 May – Princess Margaret gives birth to a baby girl.

2 May –The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's seven-week-old son is christened Edward Antony Richard Louis – later he is created Earl of Wessex.

11 May – Terence Conran opens the first Habitat store on London's Fulham Road.

27 May – "pirate" radio station Radio Sutch begins broadcasting from Shivering Sands Army Fort in the Thames Estuary.

10 July – more than 300 people are injured in Liverpool when a crowd of some 150,000 people welcome the Beatles back to their home city.

15 July – the Post Office Tower in London is completed, although it does not begin operation until October 1965.

28 July – Winston Churchill retires from the House of Commons at the age of 89.

4 September – the Forth Road Bridge opens over the Firth of Forth, linking Fife and Edinburgh.

15 October – the general election is held. The Labour Party defeats the Conservatives. Harold Wilson becomes prime minister.

9 November – House of Commons votes to abolish the death penalty for murder in Britain.

24 December – the Beatles gain the Christmas number one for the second year running with I Feel Fine, which has topped the singles charts for the third week running. The Beatles have now had six number ones in the United Kingdom alone.

31 December – Donald Campbell sets the world speed record on water at 276.33 mph on Dumbleyung Lake in Australia.

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