2007 Gold Sovereigns - Latest News & Official Comment

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19th January 2007 - Delivery of Proof Sovereigns Explains Reverse St George and the Dragon Difference!
In our  existng guide about the recut reverse dies on 2007 sovereigns , we relayed the information we had at that time. We have tried to add the following to that guide, but eBay's system insists that we have included an html tag, which they do not allow. Although there are no html tage in the addition, we could not get their system to accept it, so we have been more or less forced to add the new information in a new guide, as follows. Interestingly, eBay's system does not report finding the non-existent tags in the following, confirming our firm belief that many of their systems are rather flaky.

Royal Mint Silence
Despite our continued efforts to get official confirmation from the Mint as to why the reverse design of the 2007 sovereign differs so much to the usual reverse design, we have been unable to achieve this; and this includes talking to people who deal with press releases from the Royal Mint!

Certificate Reveals All
19th January 2007 - Delivery of Proof Sovereigns Explains Reverse St George and the Dragon Difference!

Royal Mint Silence
Despite our continued efforts to get official confirmation from the Mint as to why the reverse design of the 2007 sovereign differs so much to the usual reverse design, we have been unable to achieve this; and this includes talking to people who deal with press releases from the Royal Mint!

Certificate Reveals All
We received our first delivery of the 2007 proofs today. On inspecting the certificates, the majority of the pages actually talk about the re-cut dies and how and why they have been used. We can only shake our heads again in bemusement at the fact that between the 4th of January when we received the Uncirculated Sovereigns and today that the numerous people we have spoken to or attempted to speak to at the Mint could not simply confirm this for us!

From St George's Horse's Mouth
The first page of the certificate talks about the neo-classical or Regency style and how Pistrucci was a 'leading exponent' in this when he was designing at the Royal Mint! Without explanation the following page illustrates and we quote, the 'Re-mastered die for the reverse of the 2007 sovereign showing the enhanced detail.'

What is Clear as Day
It seems blindingly obvious that the 2007 sovereign is centred around the re-cut die, and had this been published when the Uncirculated version were released then it would have provoked collectors into wanting to buy what could possibly be a one off change in design. As with the 1989, 2002, and 2005 sovereigns, all of which sell for more than normal years based on their one of designs, the Royal Mint could have capitalised upon this months before by making this announcement. As per usual with the way the Royal Mint can sometimes operate, their failure to announce this only bemuses us!

Chief Engraver Finally Speaks!
Following a biography of Pistrucci, the origin of the 1817 sovereign is then discussed. The final page then explains in detail how they are 'Recapturing Pistrucci's Original Masterpiece.'

What follows is a quote from the Chief Engraver at the Royal Mint, Matthew Bonaccorsi:
'Working in plaster, or on the computer, cannot wholly capture the style of a hand engraved piece. In order to match the look and feel of the original sovereign, therefore, the final work had to be undertaken using the traditional methods'

The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth
The certificate then explains what we have speculated on our websites for the past three weeks. For informational purposes, this is the Mint's full explanation of the reverse change for 2007. Reading our original assessment of the new sovereign, our suspicions are more or less completely confirmed!
'For the 2007 Sovereign the Royal Mint is using the latest technology, coupled with traditional engraving skills, to recapture the fineness of Pistrucci's early St. George and the dragon from the period of the Neo-Classical revival during the 19th century.
An original hand-engraved design, modified by Pistrucci himself for the Crown Piece of 1818, was scanned into the computer and a large- scale copy was cut in plaster. Elements of the detail were then worked in by hand to ensure that, as far as possible, a faithful rendering of the design was achieved.
The tooling was produced to the required dimensions of the Sovereign and at this size the engravers again completed the finishing touches by hand.
Through this process the intricate details and contours of the composition have been restored so that the sovereign now stands as a sculptured from in a way that Pistrucci himself would have advised.
The 2007 Sovereigns are indeed a tribute to the great masterpiece. Their owners will be taken back almost two centuries to see Pistrucci's St. George and the dragon sovereigns in all their neo-Classical glory.'

We received our first delivery of the 2007 proofs today. On inspecting the certificates, the majority of the pages actually talk about the re-cut dies and how and why they have been used. We can only shake our heads again in bemusement at the fact that between the 4th of January when we received the Uncirculated Sovereigns and today that the numerous people we have spoken to or attempted to speak to at the Mint could not simply confirm this for us!

From St George's Horse's Mouth
The first page of the certificate talks about the neo-classical or Regency style and how Pistrucci was a 'leading exponent' in this when he was designing at the Royal Mint! Without explanation the following page illustrates and we quote, the 'Re-mastered die for the reverse of the 2007 sovereign showing the enhanced detail.'

What is Clear as Day
It seems blindingly obvious that the 2007 sovereign is centred around the re-cut die, and had this been published when the Uncirculated version were released then it would have provoked collectors into wanting to buy what could possibly be a one off change in design. As with the 1989, 2002, and 2005 sovereigns, all of which sell for more than normal years based on their one of designs, the Royal Mint could have capitalised upon this months before by making this announcement. As per usual with the way the Royal Mint can sometimes operate, their failure to announce this only bemuses us!

Half Sovereigns
The design changes on the 2007 half sovereigns reflect those for the full sovereigns.

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