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Great Britain (UK)
Gold Sovereigns





British Gold Sovereigns are the oldest gold bullion coins still in production and they are one of the most popular gold coins in the world.

Every Sovereign gold bullion coin contains .2354 troy oz. of gold, making them about the same in size as a U.S. nickel.





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Obverse

The obverse side on all Gold Sovereign bullion coins display the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

Ian Rank-Broadley's initials, "IRB," can be found directly under the Queen's neck.

This version of the Queen's portrait has been used on UK coinage since 1998.

Inscribed, inside the border of the coin, are the words and letters "ELIZABETH II," "DEI," "GRA," "REGINA," "FID," "DEF."

"DEI," "GRA," "REGINA," stand for "Dei gratia regina," is a Latin title meaning "By the Grace of God, Queen." 

"FID," "DEF,"  translates to "fidei defensor," it also is a Latin title that translates into "Defender of the Faith" in English.

The phrases have been used regularly on British coinage since the 16th century.








Reverse

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The reverse side of the British Sovereign coin depicts St. George slaying the dragon, created by Benedetto Pistrucci.

Benedetto Pistrucci's initials, "B.F.," are found below the dying dragon.

The year of issue is also found at the bottom of the coin.

Inside the outer perimeter, on both sides of each gold sovereign, you'll find a small beaded ring.

The coins edge is reeded.






History of the Gold Sovereign




In 1489, King Henry VII commissioned the production of the first Gold Sovereign coin.

The coin gets its name from the 'English Gold Sovereign,' minted in 1604, the name was revived with the Great Recoinage of 1816, production of these new sovereigns began in 1817.

The Gold Sovereign's content is fixed at 113 grains (7.322 g), equivalent to 0.2354 troy ounces.

Sovereigns were minted in the UK from 1817 to 1917, 1925, and 1957 to the present day.  In addition, the gold coins were also minted occasionally in Australia, India, Canada and South Africa.

The Royal Mint has also struck 10-shilling half sovereigns, two pound double sovereigns, and five pound quintuple sovereigns coins.

In 2009, The Royal Mint released the newest coin in the sovereign series, the Gold Quarter Sovereign.

Below, you will find the mintage figures of the full, half and quarter gold sovereigns, dating back to 1957.







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Full Gold Sovereign
Coin Information

First Introduced:..........................1489

Date Issued in Current Format:.....1817

IRA Approved:..............................No

Grade:.........................................Uncirculated

Face Value:..................................One Pound Sterling

Gold Content:...............................0.2354 troy oz.

Total Weight:...............................7.987 grams

Purity:.........................................0.9167

Karat:..........................................22 karat

Diameter:....................................22.05mm

Thickness:...................................1.52mm

Designers:...................................Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse - 98' to present) & Benedetto Pistrucci (reverse)

Mint Mark:....................................No

Edge:..........................................Reeded








Half Gold Sovereign
Coin Information

Introduction:......1982

IRA Approved:....No

Grade:...............Uncirculated

Face Value:........£ 50

Gold Content:.....0.1177 troy oz.

Total Weight:.....3.99 grams

Purity:...............0.9167

Diameter:..........19.22mm

Thickness:.........0.99mm

Designers:.........Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse - 98' to present) & Benedetto Pistrucci (reverse)

Mint Mark:.........No

Edge:................Reeded








Quarter Gold Sovereign
Coin Information

Introduction:......2009

IRA Approved:....No

Grade:...............Uncirculated

Face Value:........£ 25

Total Weight:.....1.99 grams

Purity:...............0.9167

Karat:................22 karat

Diameter:..........13.50mm

Designers:.........Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse - 98' to present) & Benedetto Pistrucci (reverse)

Mint Mark:.........No

Edge:................Reeded










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Gold Sovereigns - Bullion Coin
Mintage Figures




Year.......Sovereign........Half Sovereign.......Quarter-Sovereign


1957.......2,072,000


1958.......8,700,140


1959.......1,358,228


1962.......3,000,000


1963.......7,400,000


1964.......3,000,000


1965.......3,800,000


1966.......7,050,000


1967.......5,000,000


1968.......4,203,000


1974.......5,002,566


1976.......4,150,000


1978.......6,550,000


1979.......9,100,000


1980.......5,100,000


1981.......5,000,000


1982.......2,950,000............2,500,000


2000.......129,069...............146,822


2001.......49,462.................94,763


2002.......75,264.................61,347


2003.......43,230.................47,818


2004.......30,688.................34,924


2005.......45,542.................30,299


2006.......75,000.................75,000


2007.......75,000.................75,000


2008.......75,000.................75,000


2009.......75,000.................50,000..................50,000


2010.......243,986................16,485..................8,985 


2011.......250,000................50,000..................50,000


2012.......750,000................250,000................250,000


2013.......NA.......................250,000................10,000


2014.......NA.......................NA....................... NA


2015.......NA.......................NA....................... NA


2016.......NA.......................NA....................... NA


2017.......NA.......................NA....................... NA


*NA - Not Available





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Gold Sovereign - Sources: 

The Royal Mint - Bullion coins, 1968 - 2005 

Cruzi's Coins 

The Chard "Sovereigns" page 

Wikipedia.org - Sovereigns page

Coins of Europe Catalog 1901-2013/2014





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