This is the first time that the design on commemorative gold sovereign coins has ever replaced St George with the monarch, alongside the dragon.
The design is by accomplished artist Jody Clark, who also designed the portrait of King Charles III on the obverse. In this modern interpretation, rather than vanquish the dragon, the King appears to have tamed it.
Commemorating King Charles’ first 500 regnal days
The year-date 2024, in which King Charles III reaches his 500-day regnal milestone, appears on the reverse side in Roman numerals ‘MMXXIV’.