The Royal Mint released its new 2007 uncirculated (bullion) gold sovereigns on Tuesday 2nd January 2007, along with the corresponding half sovereigns.
The first thing we noticed about the 2007 sovereigns was that they were a real pig to photograph.
We try wherever possible to use our own photographs, although sometimes we use images supplied by the various mints, at least on a pre-issue basis, replacing them with our own images as soon as possible after we receive our first deliveries.
Despite our considerable experience in photographing coins, the results can be quite variable. Some coins photograph beautifully, others are really difficult, and require time, patience, and experimentation before we can be happy with the results.
The 2007 sovereigns proved to be in the latter category,
It took us most of one day to get reasonably acceptable images, and we had to do quite a lot of post-production work on them. It was only once we had the first new images on our websites that we felt we could spare the time to start comparing them, which is when it started to dawn on us that the difference are not all explicable by poor production quality, but that the dies themselves, and also the masters from which they are made, which have been changed.
As far as the obverse is concerned, there appears to be no re-engraving, although there is a considerable loss of definition compared with a year 2000 dated sovereign which we used for comparison. The substantial re-engraving appears to to confined to the reverse side.
Almost all parts of the reverse design are different, leading us to conclude that the entire reverse design has been re-engraved. Because of this, it will be almost impossible for us to create a complete catalogue of differences, but we attempt to list the most obvious ones here:-
Lower relief, noticeable or apparent in the centre.
Longer, re-engraved tail.
Longer trailing helmet plumes.
More distinct, possibly cruder, helmet crest.
Completely different folds in cloak.
Smaller right hand, with more defined fingers, gap between sword hilt.
Different mane to horse.
Bigger gap between St George and the horse's neck.
Thinner gap between horse's neck and reins.
Different end to broken lance (to left of ground).
Completely different ground.
Smaller BP initials, rather blurred and indistinct. On our photo, they appear to merge to look like a single letter D.
Dragon's wings differ.
Dragon's nose, mouth, crest, and claws altered.
George's garter is redefined.
Horse's musclature has been substantially changed, as has George's.
The border has been changed, and now looks more like a railway line, as opposed to convex toothed beads. (The obverse border does not match).
The exergue appears to be taller, as do the date numerals.
There is a smaller gap between the border and the main parts of the design.
Our Simulated Image (Left) & The Real Thing (Right)
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Because eBay limit the image size in these guides to 200 pixels, the differences are not as easy to see as we would like. We have, as always, created a page about 2007 sovereigns, and their design differences on our "Gold Sovereigns" website. eBay do not permit outside links in these guides, or in listings (with a few exceptions), in case eBayers discover that another world still actually exists outside eBay. We are sure you can find our page using a search engine!
Obverse of 2006 (Left) & 2007 Sovereigns (Right)
Colour differences are purely because of different lighting necessry because of different surface reflectivity of coins!
Latest news, with some official Royal Mint input.
The design changes on the 2007 half sovereigns reflect those for the full sovereigns.
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