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  • First commemorative gold sovereign design in history!

  • Features an enthroned portrait of Her Majesty – the only time this has ever happened.

  • Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first sovereign coinage.

  • Very limited worldwide mintage of 14,936 by The Royal Mint​

QEII Commemorative 1989 Gold Double Sovereign 

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In 1989 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the first sovereign coinage under Henry VII, an extraordinary coin was issued. The coin was the first commemorative sovereign in all history, and for the first time in over one hundred years a design other than St George and the dragon appeared on the reverse side, and for the first time in over three hundred years the monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, was depicted not with a portrait but enthroned. 

 This design was only ever struck in the year 1989 onto the gold half sovereign, sovereign, double sovereign and quintuple sovereign.

 The double sovereign was struck ONLY in Proof quality which is the highest possible quality. Only 14,936 were minted and one of these coins is available to for you to own. This exceptional design makes each of these coins one-year types which are sought-after by all sovereign collectors around the world.


The design chosen was a modernised version of the design on the earliest sovereigns of Tudor times, struck by King Henry VII in 1489. On the obverse side, which would usually carry a portrait, is the Enthroned Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II depicting her seated, facing, wearing a crown and robed in regal splendor holding two scepters. This is the only time this enthroned portrait has ever been used on the coinage of our monarch.

 The reverse side is just as beautiful, depicting a crowned shield of the Royal Arms, set upon a double Tudor Rose, a modernised version of the design that appeared on the earliest sovereigns of Henry Tudor.

 The reverse legend is also worth noting: it reads ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOLD SOVEREIGN 1489-1989, which is the only time in history the word ‘sovereign’ has ever appeared on a British coin. 

Such a unique rarity is always going to be limited in availability – so suggest you call us now before you miss out.

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