For 2002 in celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee, the Royal Mint released a special Limited Issue Shield Gold Proof Full Sovereign Coin struck in solid 22 Carat Gold and Certified Slabbed and Graded by PCGS as PR70 DCAM paying its own special tribute, a tribute that for numismatics, in particular, will recall Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee of 1887.
In that year the crowned shield of the Royal Arms, which had featured so prominently on Victoria's beautiful Young Head Sovereigns, was dropped in favour of Pistrucci's St George and The Dragon.
Now in 2002 and for one year only, in a pleasing reversal of what happened in that previous Golden Jubilee year, the Royal Arms are being restored in place of Pistrucci's St George.
Re-drawn by Timothy Noad, a herald painter at the College of Arms, the design will grace all four coins of the sovereign family.
The obverse bears the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley FRBS.
These legal tender coins have been struck to proof quality using specially prepared dies and highly polished blanks.