Great Britain 1997 100 pounds

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Heritage sale 3002, lot 21323
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21323 in Heritage sale 3002 (Long Beach, September 2008), where it sold for $1,207.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Elizabeth II gold 100 Pounds 1997, MS68 NGC. Reverse Britannia in a chariot." Following up on the marketing success of the Mexican libertad, the Canadian maple leaf and the American gold and silver eagles, the Royal mint entered the fray in 1987 with a series of gold bullion coins. These were issued in 1/10 oz (10 pounds), 1/4 oz (25 pounds), 1/2 oz (50 pounds) and 1 oz (100 pounds). Altho struck fairly steadily since, the low mintages suggests that they were not a marketing success. The Royal Mint also introduced a silver series in 1997.

Recorded mintage: 164 proofs plus an unknown number of uncirculated strikes.

Specification: 34.25 g, .9167 fine gold, 1.000 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 985.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3002: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2008.

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