2016 Gold Sovereign - Proof Finish - James Butler Edition

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In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday, the 2016 proof sovereign presents a unique portrait curated by James Butler, a marked divergence from the fifth portrait effigy by Jody Clark found in the bullion edition. This distinct portrait echoes the design previously utilized for the 2015 commemorative £5 coin, marking the Queen's status as the longest-reigning monarch.

The coin's reverse is adorned with the timeless design of St. George triumphing over the dragon, a masterpiece by the renowned Benedetto Pistrucci.


Showcases a special rendition of Elizabeth II by James Butler, exclusive to the proof edition. The designer's initials, "JB", are subtly positioned beneath the Queen's portrait. Encircling the design is the inscription: ELIZABETH II·DEI·GRA·REGINA·FID·DEF.



Carries the iconic portrayal of St. George conquering the dragon, engraved by Benedetto Pistrucci. The year of issue and "BP", the engraver's initials, are imprinted below the scene.

Coin Specifications

- Diameter: 22.05mm

- Weight: 7.9881g

- Metal: 22-carat gold

- Purity: 0.916

- Gold Content: 0.2354 Troy oz

- Designers: James Butler (Obverse) & Benedetto Pistrucci (Reverse)

- Issuing Entity: The Royal Mint

- Presentation Mintage: 7,495

- Finish: Proof