Gold Sovereigns - A short history

As part of my job when I am purchasing gold for cash in essex not forgetting herts! I do like to see, feel and touch fine gold and all the better if it has some history attached and this often includes chats with customers on when and where they came to owning the coins - yes interesting stuff. Even recently minted coins will have historical value in the future. This is a short overview of the background and simple, mainly pictorial history of the British gold sovereign and as the price of gold per gram is high  more and more people are deciding to sell their valued possessions.

The first British gold sovereign was circulated in 1489 by Henry VII, with the half sovereign following during the reign of Henry VIII whilst the mass manufactured gold sovereigns we know today began in 1817 during the reign of a certain George III.

 

                                 

          George III - 1820                   George IV - 1824                    William IV - 1832             

 

                                

                 

       "Young" Victoria - 1839        Victoria Jubilee - 1899                Victoria "old" - 1900

 

                 

      Edward VII - 1902                   George V - 1914             

         

                        

     Elizabeth II - 1963                  Elizabeth II - 2002              Elizabeth II - 2012

 

Did you know that Sovereigns including half sovereigns were actual circulating coins until the outbreak of the Great War in 1914? Not a lot of people know that to coin a phrase (pardon the pun!)

Sovereigns were produced and minted in the United Kingdom from 1817 to 1917, in 1925, and from 1957 onwards. Half sovereigns returning in 1982.

Between 1982 and 2000 only proof or collectors coins were minted with mass production re-started from 2000 onwards.

At the time of writing a full Gold sovereign was attracting well in excess of £160 per coin payable to you! plus the value of the often associated  typical 9 carat ring or necklace mount! 

Gold prices are steady and edging higher so please contact us for a real time valuation if you are considering where to sell your gold or indeed any gold coins you may have hidden beneath the floor boards!

 

Technical Specifications
For all modern gold sovereigns,  from 1817.

Full Sovereign

Diameter

22.05 mm.

Weight

7.98 grams.

Alloy (Carats)

22

Fineness (millesimal)

916.6

Actual Gold Content (Grams)

7.315

Actual Gold Content (Troy Ounces)

0.2354

 

Half Sovereign

Diameter

19.30 mm.

Weight

3.99 grams.

Alloy (Carats)

22

Fineness (millesimal)

916.6

Actual Gold Content (Grams)

3.6575

Actual Gold Content (Troy Ounces)

0.1177

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