- Featuring Reverse design of St George & the dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci
- Mintage: 4,203,000
- 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 1968
24 February – announcement of the first discovery (last year) of a pulsar by astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell working with Antony Hewish at the University of Cambridge.
7 April – motor racing world champion Jim Clark, 32, is killed when his car leaves the track at 170 mph and smashes into a tree during a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim.
18 April – London Bridge sold to American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch, for £1,029,000, who rebuilds it at Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
20 April – Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood Speech on immigration.
23 April – five and ten pence coins are introduced in the run-up to Decimalisation, which will be complete within the next three years.
3 May – Mr Frederick West (aged 45) becomes Britain's first heart transplant patient.
16 May – Ronan Point tower block at Newham in east London collapses after a gas explosion, killing four occupants.
29 May – Manchester United become the first English winners of the European Cup after beating Benfica 4-1 in extra-time at Wembley Stadium.
8 June – Martin Luther King, Jr.'s killer, James Earl Ray, arrested in London.
16 September – General Post Office divides post into first-class and second-class services.
October – the M1 motorway is completed when the final 35-mile section opens between Rotherham and Leeds.
30 November – the Trade Descriptions Act comes into force, preventing shops and traders from describing goods in a misleading way.
17 December – Official opening of first phase of the Royal Mint's new Llantrisant plant in South Wales.