In 1990 the Royal Mint released a very Limited Issue Sovereign Gold Proof 3 Coin Set struck in solid 22 Carat Gold and includes the £2 Two Pound Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign all struck in solid 22 Carat Gold. These legal tender coins have been struck to the highest Proof Quality using specially selected blanks and highly polished dies.
The Sovereign, first issued in 1489 during the reign of Henry VII, was created to communicate the nobility of the English Throne.
It continued to be struck by the Tudors, however shortly after the Stuart succession, James I brought the issue of the Sovereign to an end and it did not reappear for another 200 years until the Coinage was re-instated during the reign of George III.
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