- 1996 Gold Five-Pound (Quintuple Sovereign)
- 1996 Gold Double Sovereign (Gold Two-Pound)
- 1996 Gold Sovereign
- 1996 Gold Half-Sovereign
Queen Elizabeth II's fourth portrait can be seen on the obverse of all four coins, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley
The four coins are all made of solid 22 carat gold (Gold fineness of 0.916), and are housed in their original Royal Mint acrylic screw top capsules. The coins are presented in their Royal Mint green leatherette presentation case, accompanied with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity.
Only 742 1996 4-coin gold proof sovereign set were issued by the Royal Mint.
- Five Pounds: 39.94g
- Two Pounds: 15.98g
- Sovereign: 7.98g
- Half Sovereign: 3.99g
Mintage: 742 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Queen Elizabeth II has issued many coins and was monarch during decimalisation.
Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.
Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.
There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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