- Featuring Reverse design of St George & the dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci
- Mintage: 3,800,000
- 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 1965
7 January – identical twin brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray, 31, are arrested on suspicion of running a protection racket in London.
24 January – Sir Winston Churchill dies aged ninety at Chartwell, his Kent home of more than forty years.
30 January – thousands attend Winston Churchill's state funeral in London. During the three days of lying-in-state, 321,000 people file past the catafalque, and the funeral procession travels from Westminster Hall to the service at St Paul's Cathedral, attended by HM the Queen, Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and representatives of 112 countries. He is buried privately at Bladon near his family's ancestral home in Oxfordshire.
1 February – the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Ethiopia on a state visit.
18 February – The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
17 May – an underground explosion at Cambrian Colliery in Clydach Vale kills 31.
18 May – the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh begin a 10-day state visit to the Federal German Republic.
22 June – the 700th anniversary of Parliament is celebrated.
8 July – Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs escapes from Wandsworth Prison.
27 July – Edward Heath becomes Leader of the Conservative Party following its first leadership election by secret ballot.
3 August – "The Queen's Award to Industry" for export and technological advancements is created.
21 August – Charlton Athletic F.C. player Keith Peacock becomes the first substitute to appear in a Football League match.
21 September – British Petroleum's oil platform Sea Gem strikes natural gas in the North Sea oil field.
8 October – the Post Office Tower opens in London.
22 December – A 70mph speed limit is imposed on UK roads.