George slaying the dragon or the Scottish thistle. The XIII Commonwealth Games was hosted in Edinburgh, Scotland, during the summer months of 1986. The games were held between July 24.
Of that year with only 27 of the Commonwealth nations agreeing to participate. A total of 32 different nations in the Commonwealth boycotted the games, with Bermuda being the last nation to withdraw having opted to depart the games after the opening day of competition. Despite the boycott and political sensitivity around the event, this set is still remembered fondly among collectors. The 1986 Proof British Gold 3-Coin Set marked the first time in British history that a legal tender gold coin set was released by the Royal Mint to celebrate a sporting event. Obverse designs in the 1986 Proof British Gold 3-Coin Set all feature Queen Elizabeth II.
This is the third-generation portrait from the Royal Mint of England and it was created in 1984 by Raphael Maklouf. It is considered one of the more ornate portraits of the Queen to ever feature on British denominations. Reverse designs vary based on the coin you are viewing in the 1986 Proof British Gold 3-Coin Set. Two of the coins have the Benedetto Pistrucci design of St. George slaying the dragon, the iconic design that features on all British Gold Sovereigns.
The other coin has St. Andrew's cross in the background with a Scottish thistle in the foreground. The use of the Scottish thistle honors Scotland's role as the host nation of the XIII Commonwealth Games.
This 1986 Proof British Gold 3-Coin Set is available to you with an individual slot for each of the three gold coins. The coins are housed in a red Royal Mint presentation box and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.Included in the set are three coins in all: a 2 Pound sterling gold coin, a British Gold Sovereign, and a British Gold Half Sovereign. We make no guarantees or claims other than authenticity.