1968 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin Queen Elizabeth II UK British Royal Mint

1968 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin Queen Elizabeth II UK British Royal Mint
1968 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin Queen Elizabeth II UK British Royal Mint
1968 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin Queen Elizabeth II UK British Royal Mint
1968 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin Queen Elizabeth II UK British Royal Mint
1968 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin Queen Elizabeth II UK British Royal Mint
1968 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin Queen Elizabeth II UK British Royal Mint
1968 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin Queen Elizabeth II UK British Royal Mint
1968 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin Queen Elizabeth II UK British Royal Mint

1968 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin Queen Elizabeth II UK British Royal Mint
Coins: World, Europe, UK (Great Britain)???? Coin: 1968 GREAT BRITAIN GOLD SOVEREIGN COIN QUEEN ELIZABETH II???????????

Year: 1968 Age: 56-Years Old Krause Number: KM# 908. Observed: Laureate Bust of Queen Elizabeth II????

George Mounted on Horseback Slaying a Dragon??????? Reverse Designer: Benedetto Pistrucci, B.

Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom???? This 1968 Gold Bullion Sovereign is struck in 22 Carat Gold, weighs 7.98 g and contains 7.32 g of fine Gold. A mintage of 4,203,000 Bullion Coins were produced at The Royal Mint for the year 1968. The gold Sovereign is considered to be one of the world's oldest coins still in production and a pinnacle of minting excellence. The Obverse: (front, heads) presents Queen Elizabeth II's first portrait by Mary Gillick.

The first Portrait of Elizabeth II was issued on British coinage in 1953, the year of Her Majesty's Coronation. The Royal Maundy traditions date back to the Bible, with generations of monarchs giving to the poor on Maundy Thursday.

By 1670, it was customary to give a dated set of four coins. Today, recipients of Royal Maundy are elderly men and women, chosen for their dedication as Christians in their communities. The Reverse: (back, tails) of the 1968 gold bullion Sovereign hosts the signature 1817'St George and the Dragon' design by Benedetto Pistrucci.

In the 19th century, talented Italian engraver Pistrucci was instructed to develop designs for George III's silver and gold coins by William Wellesley-Pole, The Master of The Mint and the Waterloo Medal for the British Government, a commission which took the artist 30 years to create. The coin includes the inscription, "ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REGINA FID DEF", which translates to (Meaning: "Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, Queen-Defender of the Faith"). The inscription refers to HM Queen Elizabeth II's position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

Elizabeth II has held the role since her accession to the throne in 1952. St George's legacy dates back to the 3rd century, often depicted as a heroic defender of the Christian faith.

The most widely shared story recounts St George as a rescuer on horseback sent to slay a dragon in order to save a young maiden or princess. It is widely believed that the dragon in the mythical tale was slain at Uffington's Dragon Hill, a Bronze-age site just 20 miles from our premises in Royal Wootton Bassett. As the Patron Saint of England, St George celebrated in the country on the 23rd April every year since 1222.

Shows an attractive high quality of luster and strike for the date and mint. A few small scattered contact marks, or two larger marks may be present, and one or two small patches of hairlines may show under magnification. Noticeable light scuff marks may show on the high points of the design. Overall quality is above average and overall eye appeal is very pleasing.

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1968 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin Queen Elizabeth II UK British Royal Mint