British Gold Sovereigns

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About the British Gold Sovereign Coin

The British Sovereign Gold Coin was the first British Gold Coin minted in all the branches of the Royal Mint across the world. The last original 23-karat Gold Sovereign coin was produced in 1604. The modern British Gold Sovereign, established by the Great Recoinage of 1816, were minted from 1817 up until 1917, followed by a one-year production in 1925 and thereafter were re released in 1957. These historical gold bullion products are named “Gold Sovereigns” because of the image featured on the obverse side of the coin - the depiction of the sovereign leader of the British Empire. Until 1932, Gold Sovereigns were fully circulating British coins.  Today, these coins are minted as bullion products and can be also transformed into jewelry. Gold British Sovereigns usually carry higher premiums than other gold coins, due to their historical value and high demand. Passionate numismatists choose to buy Gold Sovereigns due to their iconic design and mintage history.

Main Sizes of the British Gold Sovereign Coins

British Sovereign Gold Coins were all produced in 0.2354 oz. (the equivalent of 113 grains) weight options as fixed in the Coin Act of 1816. However, during that time, these British Gold Coins were also manufactured in Half Sovereigns of 0.1177 oz. Modern Gold Sovereigns are available also in 1.1775 oz. (Five Pound), 0.4708 oz. (Two Pounds) and 0.0588 oz. (Quarter Sovereigns released in 2009) weights. All British Gold Sovereigns are made of .9167 pure gold with 10% copper alloy.

The Designs of the British Gold Sovereign Coins

The design of these iconic British Coins is different according to the mintage periods of the coin. The first reverse design of the Gold Sovereign Coins featured the British crown and shield motif, surrounded by a heraldic wreath. Later, the design of the British Sovereign’s reverse side was changed to the new one, created in 1817 by the famous Italian engraver, Benedetto Pistrucci. It represents the depiction of the Saint George mounted on horseback while slaying a dragon. This design was used for each Gold Sovereign coin minted by the mint’s branches in India, Australia, South Africa and Canada. On the reverse side of the coin is also engraved the mintage year of the coin. The obverse side of the British Sovereign Gold coin always features the profile picture of the British reigning monarch (sovereign). The first editions of the Gold Sovereigns featured the profile pictures of King George III (1760-1820), King George IV (1820-1830), King William IV (1830-1837), the three portraits of Queen Victoria during her reign (1837-1901), King Edward VII (1902-1910) and King George V (1911-1936). The British Gold Sovereigns that were struck after 1952 featured the profile picture of Queen Elizabeth II also in three portrait versions.

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