Launched in 2016 to mark the 200th anniversary of Britain creating the gold standard, the Royal Mints gold bullion coin range encompassed a quarter-ounce and a one-ounce carrying the same design. Done by Royal Mint regular, Dominique Evans, it was a neat and stylish realisation of what that gold standard stood for, focused around a set of scales, essential to monitor the accuracy necessary for the transfer of a precious metal sold by weight.
The technical style actually works really well, so it’s good to see it finally get a proof release, showing it off with that far crisper and more detailed look afforded it by the higher quality strike. This time it’s to mark the bicentenary of the standard being written into law. As with the bullion coin, their are two weights making up the range, the same one-ounce and quarter-ounce formats. Both come boxed in the usual wooden boxes the mint uses, and they’re good quality items, as well as with a COA.
Also of interest is an attractive set containing a quarter-ounce coin, but this time it’s placed alongside a 1931 Sovereign coin. The significance here is 1931 was the year the gold standard was abandoned. We’re sure opinion is split on whether that was a good thing or not, and we often see discussion on its merits today, but it’s gone, likely for good. A neat historical set that the Royal Mint ocassionally produces and is fairly unique amongst major mints in doing so. All variants are available today.