The most recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II appeared on Bullion Sovereigns in 2016. This portrait is the fifth portrait to appear on Sovereigns during her reign.
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.
The fifth portrait was designed by Jody Clark, who aged 33, is the youngest artist to have achieved this honour.
The fifth portrait did appear on Sovereign coins in 2015, but only in proof edition. This was the first time in over 100 years that two different busts appeared on a sovereign in a single year.
In 2017 UK Sovereigns featured a unique shield mark. This privy mark featured to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the modern Sovereign. Above the shield the number 200 can be seen.