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Sovereign - Elizabeth II, Young Head


Manufacturer: Royal Mint

Royal Mint

Weight (grams): 7.98

Pure Gold content (grams): 7.315

Fineness: 916.7

Dimensions: 22.05mm Diameter; Thickness: 1.52mm

Stock: In Stock

QTY Net Per Unit VAT Per Unit Gross Per Unit
1+ €304.80 €0.00 €304.80
2+ €301.10 €0.00 €301.10
5+ €298.70 €0.00 €298.70
10+ €297.90 €0.00 €297.90
25+ €297.00 €0.00 €297.00
50+ €296.60 €0.00 €296.60
100+ €296.40 €0.00 €296.40
€304.80

First Portrait – Young Elizabeth:

Start Year: 1953 (Age 26 - 1 year after ascending to the throne)

End Year: 1970 (still used annually on Maundy Coins)

Sculptor: Mary Gillick

This Gold Sovereign features the first portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, often referred to as the 'Young Head' or 'pre-decimal' portrait. These Gold Sovereigns are dated from 1957 to 1968, with the exception of 1960/61.

On the obverse side of the coin is St. George riding a horse and slaying a dragon, while on the reverse you will see the young Elizabeth. The Queen is wearing the Laureate crown - also known as a laurel wreath - and the writing inside the edge says DEI GRATIA REGINA which is the short form latin for 'By the Grace of God, Queen'. The F D initials stands for 'Fidei defensor', which means 'Defender of the Faith' and reflects Queen Elizabeth's position as the Head of the Church of England.

Officially the Queen's portrait was used from 1953 on coins, but gold sovereigns only began using the First Portrait in 1957. That coin also had a finer reeded edge than the sovereigns made in 1958 and beyond.

If you require a specific year coin please see our selection here.