In 1974 a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II appeared. In this portrait the Queen wears a tiara. The second portrait is sometimes referred to as the ‘Decimal head’.
The modern British sovereigns feature Benedetto Pistrucci's design depicting George & the Dragon on the reverse. They have been struck both at the Royal Mint and at branch mints since 1817.
- Each coin weighs 7.98g and is 916.7 22ct Gold.
- Dimensions: Diameter: 22.05mm Thickness: 1.52mm.
Previously UK minted coins had been struck at Tower Hill in London. On 10th November 1975 the last sovereign coin was struck at Tower Hill, production then moved Llantrisant in South Wales.