2001 Gold 4-Coin Sovereign Proof Set


The 2001 Gold 4-Coin Sovereign Proof Set consists of:

  • 2001 Gold Five-Pound (Quintuple Sovereign)
  • 2001 Gold Double Sovereign (Marconi Gold Two-Pound)
  • 2001 Gold Sovereign
  • 2001 Gold Half-Sovereign

The set includes a gold plated medallion showing a crowned 'Elizabeth R' with the date '2001'. The reverse depicts a Snake, the Chinese new year animal for 2001.


Benedetto Pistrucci's famous portrayal of St. George slaying the dragon is depicted on each of the reverses.

The 2001 two pounds piece commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Marconi. Designed by Robert Evans, the reverse depicts decorative radio waves emanating from a spark of electricity, linking the zeros of the date to represent the generation of the signal that crossed the Atlantic, with the date '2001' and denomination 'TWO POUNDS'. The edge inscription reads WIRELESS BRIDGES THE ATLANTIC MARCONI 1901'.

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 1,000 sets were issued by the Royal Mint in 2001.

Coin Weights
Five Pounds: 39.94g
Two Pounds: 15.98g
Sovereign: 7.98g
Half Sovereign: 3.99g


Mintage: 1,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 2001 ?
Elizabeth II was in her 49th year as Queen. In the USA Bill Clinton ends his second term as President and George W Bush becomes the 43rd U.S. President. After the 9-11 terrorist attack, the twin World Trade Towers collapse.
Elizabeth II (1952-Present)
Queen Elizabeth II is the current and longest reigning monarch ever. Born on 21 April 1926 to King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, she became Queen in 1952 and her Coronation was on 2 June 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II has issued many coins and was monarch during decimalisation.
General Description: Gold 4-Coin Sets
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

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.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

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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