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Reverse of the quarter sovereign
Reverse of the quarter sovereign

The quarter sovereign is a British gold coin issued by the Royal Mint since 2009. It has been issued as a bullion coin and as a collector's coin. The smallest in the sovereign range, it has a face value of 25 pence. In 1853, the Royal Mint produced two patterns for a quarter sovereign for circulation, with one denominated as five shillings. These coins never went into production. In 1979, the Royal Mint began to sell sovereigns to those wishing to own gold coins, by the following year selling four different denominations, ranging from the half sovereign to the five pound gold coin. In 2009, a quarter sovereign was introduced as an extension of this range. It shares the same design as the larger coins, depicting Elizabeth II on the obverse, or since 2022, Charles III. Although there are some one-year designs, the one most often used on the reverse is Benedetto Pistrucci's depiction of Saint George and the Dragon (shown), which was first used on the sovereign in 1817. (Full article...)

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