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2006 Royal Mint

22 Carat Gold

In 1997 the winner of the Royal Mints competition to design a new effigy was announced, it was sculptor and medallist Ian Rank-Broadley. His new effigy graced the collector proof versions from 1998, and in 2000 The Royal Mint resumed production of bullion gold sovereigns, the first since 1982, but with much lower mintages as they are aimed at the collector market rather than to be used strictly as bullion.

The Royal Mint introduced Baby Set packaging on the bullion sovereign in 2006, the coin comes in a large case and is encapsulated to protect it. Considering that it costs very little more than the carded version, and provides far superior protection and presentation to the carded version, you would be mad not to buy them this way.

2006 Gold Sovereign Reverse

2006 Gold Sovereign Obverse

The fifth portrait depicts a older bust of the Queen facing right and wearing a tiara, with the letters IRB below the truncation. Along with the introduction of the bullion sovereign came a vast reduction in mintage limits with the issue limit set at 250,000 for 2000 but lowered to 100,000 in subsequent years.
The portrait has been criticised for being quite flat and lacking in some detail on the gold bullion sovereigns, the mint responded by reworking both the obverse and the iconic St George dies in 2007.
First introduced in 1917, the George and Dragon reverse design is virtually unchanged since the Garter was removed on the sovereign of 1821.

The dragon has still not been slain.



Composition: 91.67% Gold
8.33% Copper
Gold Content: 0.2354 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 7.9881 grams
Size: 21.5 mm
Reverse: Benedetto Pistrucci
Obverse: Ian Rank-Broadley
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