The gold sovereign is the quintessential British coin.
A book by Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, presents
A History of the Sovereign: Chief Coin of the World.
Clancy, a leading expert on British coinage, recalls the history,
manufacture and design of the Royal Mint’s flagship coin.
Clancy “brings the story of the sovereign to life in his
authoritative book, and offers a fresh perspective on the rich
500-year history of this remarkable gold coin,” according to the Royal Mint.
Including a wealth of images, this book offers an account of the
history of the sovereign and its role in trade, politics and the
spread of Britain’s influence throughout the world. Clancy provides
insight into how the sovereign was used and explores the role of money
in people’s lives and its place in British culture.
Before the sovereign debuted in 1489 under the Tudor reign of Henry
VII, various gold coins existed in England, which Clancy details
before delving full-bore into the sovereign.
The sovereign as a modern coin first appeared in 1817, bearing the
now familiar St. George Slaying the Dragon design crafted by the
Italian engraver, Benedetto Pistrucci.
Special issues like the 1839 Una and the Lion 5-sovereign coin, are
included in the narrative, which continues to the present-day issues,
in post-decimalization Britain.
The full-color illustrated book is published at £25. To order the
book, visit the Royal Mint website, www.royalmint.com.