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BRITISH SOVEREIGN

(1902-1910; 1911-1917; 1839-1839; 1841-1874; 1879-1880; 1887-1896; 1898-1901; 1953; 1957; 1959; 1962-1968; 1974-1982; 2000-2006)

The gold coin of the United Kingdom, the sovereign has a nominal value of one pound sterling. In practice the sovereign is used as a bullion coin.

Named after the English gold sovereign, last minted in 1604, the name was revived with the Great Recoinage of 1816. Minting these new sovereigns began in 1817. The gold content was fixed by the coin act of 1816 at 0.235420 troy ounces (7.322381 g), nearly equivalent to 113 grains. This weight has remained practically constant to the present day.

Sovereigns were minted in the United Kingdom from 1817 to 1917, in 1925, and from 1957. Australia, India, Canada, and South Africa all occasionally minted the coins.

The Royal Mint released a new coin in the sovereign series, the quarter-sovereign in 2009. This sovereign coin is similar in some ways to the original gold English crown of the rose.

COIN SPECIFICATIONS

DIAMETER

22.05 mm

YEARS MINTED

1902-1910; 1911-1917; 1839-1839; 1841-1874; 1879-1880; 1887-1896; 1898-1901; 1953; 1957; 1959; 1962-1968; 1974-1982; 2000-2006

ACTUAL GOLD CONTENT

0.2354 troy oz.

U.S MINT BRANCHES

None

FACE DENOMINATION

1 Pound Sterling

COMPOSITION

91.67% gold (22k)

GROSS WEIGHT

7.9881 g

DESIGNER

Benedetto Pistrucci

SIMILAR COINS

$20 GOLD LIBERTY

Origin: United States

Minted Dates: 1849-1907

$20 GOLD ST. GAUDENS

Origin: United States

Minted Dates: 1907-1916; 1920-1933

$10 GOLD LIBERTY

Origin: United States

Minted Dates: 1850-1907

BROWSE COIN CATALOG

GOLD COINS & BARS

GOLD BULLION & BARS

INVESTMENT-GRADE GOLD COINS

DATED FOREIGN GOLD COINS

Gold American Eagle
American Buffalo
Austrian Philharmonic
Canadian Maple Leaf
Chinese Panda
South African Krugerrand
Gold Bars
Fractional Gold American Eagles
Proof American Eagle
Proof Gold Set

$20 Liberty
$20 Saint Gaudens
$10 Liberty
$10 Indian
$5 Liberty
$5 indian
$2.50 Liberty
$2.50 Indian

British Sovereign
Swiss 20 Franc

SILVER COINS & BARS

SILVER BULLION & BARS

INVESTMENT-GRADE SILVER COINS

Silver American Eagle
Canadian Maple Leaf
Silver Bars
Silver Rounds
Junk Silver

Graded Morgan Silver Dollar
Graded Silver Peace Dollar
Circulated Morgan Silver Dollar
Circulated Silver Peace Dollar