As the original maker of UK coins, The Royal Mint has launched its eagerly anticipated 2021 Sovereign Collection marking Her Majesty the Queen’s 95th Birthday. Reborn in 1817, the consistent use of Pistrucci’s design has made the Sovereign accepted and trusted worldwide. Whilst also being an instantly recognisable coin, it has come to be a favourite amongst coin collectors across the globe.
The Sovereign has marked a number of royal occasions and milestones over the years, and this year’s edition features two special elements in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday.
This year’s coin has 95 mils, which is a change from the number normally used on sovereigns of Elizabeth II – each symbolising a year of The Queen’s life. Another exception is 1957 and sovereigns of this year have significantly more mils than those struck after this date. The 2021 Sovereign will also feature a unique privy mark – a Royal Crown with 95 entwined. The 2021 Sovereign retains Pistrucci’s St George design, which is revered as one of the greatest works of numismatic art. The Royal Mint ensures that each Sovereign is struck to the proof standard that built the Sovereign’s iconic reputation.
Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of the Consumer Division at The Royal Mint said, “The launch of the annual Sovereign Collection is eagerly anticipated amongst coin collectors and this year we mark a very special royal occasion as we celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 95th Birthday.
“To celebrate this remarkable milestone, the 2021 Sovereign will include two extra special elements – a unique privy mark and a change to the milled edge of the coin. The unique privy mark represents the royal cypher crown with the number ‘95’ to mark the celebration of Her Majesty’s 95th birthday. As a classic symbol of royalty, the crown makes a fitting choice for this extraordinary moment in British royal history.”
Born on 21 April 1926, Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 95th birthday in 2021. Currently the world’s longest reigning head of state and the longest reigning monarch in British history, she has overseen a period of extraordinary change. Throughout, The Sovereign has remained a symbol of quality and stability.
During the 19th century the Sovereign was known as ‘the chief coin of the world’, while its role has changed over the years that followed, it maintains a global reputation for accuracy, reliability and quality.