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Queen Elizabeth II Gold Portrait Collection by The Royal Mint

The Royal Portrait Collection was released in 1998 to celebrate the fourth effigy of The Queen and features each of the four portraits of Queen Elizabeth II.

Proof and Bullion

The set contains four full sovereigns. All coins are proof, except for the first portrait sovereign, as proof coins were not struck until 1979 (the second portrait was released in 1968). The certificate lists the first portrait coin as "of ordinary standard". We would describe it as a bullion coin.

Obverse Designs

  • First Portrait, Young Head, 1957 to 1968, by Mary Gillick.
  • Second (Decimal) Portrait, 1968 to 1984, by Arnold Machin.*
  • Third Portrait, 1985 to 1997, by Raphael Maklouf.
  • Fourth Portrait, 1998 to 2015, by Ian Rank-Broadley.
*This portrait was first seen on decimal coins in 1968. The first sovereign to feature this portrait was in 1974.

Reverse Design

Each coin features the classic St George and the Dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci.


The Royal Mint produced 500 of the sets. Each of the coins come encapsulated and in a blue presentation box, with an informational booklet and certificate.

Queen Elizabeth II Gold Portrait Collection

The booklet states:-

The Gold Portrait Collection was conceived in 1998, the year that the new portrait of The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley was adopted for use on the coinage of the United Kingdom.
Set Specifications
Description Weight DiameterAlloy AGW
Full Sovereign 7.9881 22.05 0.916 0.2354
Total Gold Content for Set       0.9416

Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Weight in grams.
Alloy = Fineness of gold.
AGW = Actual Gold Weight in troy ounces of pure gold.

Price and Availability

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1 15.00 £0.00 £1,042.90 Call to check availability
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Although we make up our superior quality British gold sovereign sets, we also buy and sell various 'collections' marketed originally by the Royal Mint, including 'The Royal Portrait Collection'.

We offer for sale a type set of QEII sovereigns. A detailed account of the 7 mints including the 6 branch mints can be found on our Mints & Mintmark page.


First Portrait by Mary Gillick
First Portrait by Mary Gillick

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Second Portrait by Arnold Machin
Second Portrait by Arnold Machin

Third Portrait by Raphael Maklouf
Third Portrait by Raphael Maklouf

Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley
Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley

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