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Newsletter Dated: 12/28/2002 3:00:01 AM
Subject: Bond and his 50 Gold Sovereigns
You saw Bond carry them in his briefcase in "From Russia with Love." But what's the story on this coin? fans often ask.
British Sovereign gold coins are official coinage of English Royalty first minted to honor Henry VII in 1489. They've been used as official gold coinage around the world for over 500 years.
Each coin contains about One-Quarter ounce of pure gold (.2354 troy oz) and are recognized worldwide.
They were used as emergency money by World War II Allied pilots.
In Desert Storm, American pilots carried them in case they were downed over Iraq.
The front of the coin honors King Edward VII. The reverse shows the mythical "Saint George slaying the dragon" design found on a variety of official British coins.