Queen Elizabeth II 7 Coin Sovereign and Half Sovereign Royal Portrait Collection by The Royal Mint
The Royal Portrait Collection was released in 2003 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Queen's Coronation and features each of the four portraits of Queen Elizabeth II.
Proof and Bullion
The set contains four full sovereigns and three half sovereigns. All coins are proof, except for the 1953 sovereign, as proof coins were not struck until 1979. The certificate lists the 1953 coin as being in 'extremely fine condition'. We would describe it as a bullion coin.
- First Portrait, Young Head, 1957 to 1968, by Mary Gillick.
- Second (Decimal) Portrait, 1979 to 1984, by Arnold Machin.
- Third Portrait, 1985 to 1997, by Raphael Maklouf.
- Fourth Portrait, 1998 to Present, by Ian Rank-Broadley.
Each coin features the classic St George and the Dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci.
The Royal Mint produced 750 of the sets. Each of the coins come encapsulated and in a wooden presentation box, with an informational booklet and certificate.
Queen Elizabeth II Royal Portrait Collection
The booklet states:-
The royal portrait on the collection of the United Kingdom is undoubtedly one of the principal symbols of the nation and stands as an icon of an era in British history. Each of the four main portraits of Queen Elizabeth II represents its own particular period in her long reign and, as a special tribute to the Queen at the fiftieth anniversary of her Coronation, the Royal Mint is proud to present The Royal Portrait Collection. This magnificent collection of seven gold coins- four sovereigns and three half-sovereigns - brings together all four portraits.
| Full Sovereign
| Half Sovereign
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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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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.