Our latest release, The 2021 50th Anniversary of Decimalisation Gold Sovereign Range, mixes old and new designs beautifully. We spoke to the designer of the reverse designs on this range, Matt Dent, about his inspirations and what he enjoyed most about creating this piece of history.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of decimalisation in Britain, heralding in a new era of coins, and saying goodbye to over a thousand years of iconic designs. In our latest sovereign range, the talented artist Matt Dent has captured the old and the new beautifully. In tribute a tribute to Britain’s decimal fifty pence, these are the world’s first seven-sided sovereigns!
Each sovereign is split down the middle with a pre-decimal design on the left, and the design of a decimal coin complementing it on the right. Here, we take a look at the designs for each coin from the new 2021 50th Anniversary of Decimalisation Gold Sovereign Range.
Diana, Princess of Wales was a cultural icon and an inspiration to many for her humanitarian and charitable work throughout her life. And while she was only part pf the Royal Family for a relatively short time, she quickly forged a valuable and modern role for herself; with the changes she made still being felt today. This year we reflect on Diana’s life, on what would have been her 60th birthday…
The 2021 Diana 60th Birthday Gold Sovereign Range, the first ever to feature Diana, Princess of Wales
To commemorate what would have been the 60th birthday of Princess Diana, the ‘People’s Princess’, a brand-new sovereign range has been minted. Introducing the 2021 Diana 60th Birthday Gold Sovereign Range.
To celebrate the life and legacy of Diana, this sovereign range features the portrait of Diana on the reverse side in a demure pose – one that often belied her inner strength and tenacity. This is the very first time that Diana’s portrait has ever appeared on a gold sovereign, making this particular range a significant one for the sovereign itself.
This new sovereign range has been authorised by Ascension Island, and approved by both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Buckingham Palace. The one-eighth is also limited to just 2,999 coins.
You can view the 2021 Diana 60th Birthday Gold Sovereign range here.
In 1947, Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the couple has four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. In 1953, Elizabeth was crowned and officially recognized as sovereign. Since then, the Queen has served in her role as the Queen of England, and in 2018, she became the first British monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee—a celebration to mark 65 years of her reign.
We’re looking at the history of the vessel, as well as five facts you may not know…
The nature and scale of the First World War was unlike anything that had been seen before. Large numbers of soldiers fell in the service of their country and have no known grave. To honour these men, and to ensure their sacrifice would be forever remembered, an unidentified British soldier from the battlefields in France was buried in Westminster Abbey, to represent all those who fell in battle and had no proper burial.