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Is the 2012 Sovereign the best struck?


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Commissioned by the Royal Mint for her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, this Sovereign illustrates a fresh look on the classic St. George & the Dragon displayed on the reverse of a large number of British Sovereigns.British sculptor Paul Day had the winning design which was chosen by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee.‘I have chosen to opt for a Romantic version of the St George and the dragon theme - a medieval knight of Arthurian legend rather than a classical hero. I have given the dragon a more threatening attitude and size, so that it represents a real menace and not a weak foe.‘I have always been attracted to detail which requires a closer look to be unpicked and fully understood. I have deliberately left very little empty space. This is to make the reverse as engaging as possible and in complete contrast to the obverse.’One thing that can’t be ignored is how fast the 2012 Proof Sovereign completely sold out and that now can only be purchased for a higher price than its issue less that 10 months ago.This is now the Fourth time that the reverse of a Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign has been changed, 1989 500th Anniversary of the first ever fine Sovereign, 2002 Golden Jubilee Sovereign, and of course the2005 “Art Deco” Sovereign based on the Rocking Horse Design.I personally don't think of it as the best design. What are your thoughts?

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