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    2021 Great Britain Gold 1/2 Sovereign (BU)

    The Great Britain Sovereign is one of the world’s most recognizable gold coins for sale. The coins were issued first in 1817 with the standard Gold Sovereign boasting .2354 Troy oz of actual gold content. Over the course of its history, the Great Britain Sovereign has also offered Double and Half Sovereign gold coins for circulation use and bullion use. Today, 2021 Great Britain Gold 1/2 Sovereigns are available to you online from JM Bullion. ... Read More

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    Great Britain 1/2 Gold Sovereign Coin NGC AU50+ (Random Year)

    The Great Britain Gold Sovereign quickly became one of the most widely circulated gold coins of the 19th century. Based on the historic English sovereign introduced by the Tudor Dynasty in the 15th century, the modern Great Britain Gold Sovereign launched in 1817 following a major recoinage of British gold. Right now, Great Britain 1/2 Gold Sovereign Coins with NGC grades ... Read More

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    2020 Great Britain Gold Double Sovereign

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    The Great Britain Sovereign was introduced in 1817 following the Great Recoinage Act of 1816. The reign of King George III saw the introduction of the Great Britain Sovereign and late in his reign in 1820, a Great Britain Gold Double Sovereign was issued. That gold coin, however, wouldn’t go into full production until 67 years late... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold 1/2 Sovereign - Old English

    The Great Britain Gold Sovereign is one of the most significant gold coins ever struck due to its longevity of production and its global recognition. First issued in 1489 during the reign of King Henry VII, the gold sovereign has been struck regularly by the Kings and Queens of England since 1817. The Great Britain Gold ½ Sovereign Coin is currently available to you for purchase online today with JM Bullion. Coin Highlights: Arrives insi... Read More

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    2019 Great Britain Gold Sovereign (BU)

    The Great Britain Gold Sovereign coin was once one of the preeminent circulating gold coins in the world. The official gold sovereign of Britain was first issued in its current design concept in 1817 and was available until 1914 when the outbreak of World War I resulted in its removal from circulation. Since 1957 though, the Royal Mint of England has offered a bullion version of the gold sovereign. 2019 Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coins are curr... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin (Mixed Types, Random Year, Varied Condition)

    The Royal Mint in London is one of the oldest operation facilities in the world. Minting coins for the United Kingdom for over a thousand years, it is the mint of origin for some of the finest coins still in existence today. For investors and collectors looking for truly unique coins, Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coins are now available through JM Bullion. Coin Highligh... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin - Queen Victoria (Random Year, Circulated)

    The longest-reigning British monarch before the rise of Elizabeth II was her great-great-grandmother Victoria I. Among the gold coins for sale in the gold sovereign range, those coins with the bust of Victoria I remain today due to the 63 years she ruled and the long period of coining. Today, Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coins are available to you online from JM Bullion. ... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin - Old Queen Elizabeth II

    The Great Britain Gold Sovereign is one of the most recognizable coins in the world today. Issued annually since 1817 by Great Britain and bearing the portrait of the reigning monarch with each release, the gold sovereign is a historic coin that is ideal for both collecting and investing. Right now, Great Britain Gold Sovereigns from the reign of Elizabeth II are available... Read More

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    2020 Great Britain Gold Sovereign

    The Great Britain Gold Sovereign coin has been available from the Royal Mint of England since 1817. Originally issued as a circulation form of currency, the modern Great Britain Gold Sovereign is intended for investors looking to buy gold. With the same image on the reverse each year, the Great Britain Gold Sovereign is a trusted bullion coin option. Right now, 2020 Great Britain Gold Sovereigns are available to purchase online from JM Bullion. ... Read More

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    2021 Great Britain Gold Sovereign (BU)

    The Great Britain Sovereign is one of the world’s foremost gold coins. Originally issued as a new form of sovereign gold currency in 1817, today the coin is available from the Royal Mint of England as a gold bullion coin aimed at investors. Right now, 2021 Great Britain Gold Sovereign coins are available to purchase online from JM Bullion. Coin Highlights: Arrives inside of a protective plastic flip or a mint tube of 25 coins! 65th y... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Double Sovereign (Random Year)

    The British Gold Sovereign has long been one of the most recognizable gold coins in the world. Originally issued as the English sovereign in the 15th century, the modern Gold Sovereign was introduced into circulation during the reign of King George III in 1817. Since 1887, a Double Sovereign coin has been available with regularity as well. Right now, Great Britain Gold Dou... Read More

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    5 Pound British Gold Sovereign (Random Year)

    The sovereign is a gold coin issued by the United Kingdom for standard circulation within the British economy. The traditional British Gold Sovereign is a coin with a nominal face value of One Pound Sterling, but it is also issued in various other weights and face values. The 5 Pound British Gold Sovereign coin is available to you now online from JM Bullion. Coin Highlights: Arrives in protective plastic. Official gold sovereign coin o... Read More

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    Buying British Gold Sovereign Coins Online

    One of Europe’s longest-running gold coin programs still available to modern coin investors is the Gold Sovereign from Great Britain. First introduced by the Royal Mint on October 28, 1489, the original concept behind the gold sovereign was to introduce a “new money of gold,” according to the Royal Mint’s extensive history of the sovereign. The gold sovereign was not England’s first gold coin minted and released into circulation, but it did go on to become a significant symbol of the power of the Kingdom of England and modern Great Britain.

    Throughout hundreds of years of coining, the Gold Sovereign has changed its obverse design fields to feature the image of the ruling monarch on the throne during the year of issue engraved onto the coins. Reverse designs have changed over time, with most coins featuring either a royal shield or the image of St. George battling the dragon. Learn all about the Gold Sovereigns of Britain below!

    Brief History of the Gold Sovereign

    Prior to 1489, the Royal Mint of England had issued various other gold coins for circulation within the kingdom. When the first gold sovereigns were issued during the reign of King Henry VII it instantly became the largest and most valuable gold coin ever seen to date. Like modern gold sovereigns, these original coins included the portrait of Henry VII as depicted sitting on his throne in a coronation gown.

    The reverse side of the original gold sovereigns included the double rose that symbolized the union of the House of York and House of Lancaster following the Wars of the Roses. Over the centuries, the reverse and obverse design elements would change with new monarchs. In 1603 however, the practice of coining the gold sovereign died out during the reign of King James I who had unified the crowns of Scotland and England.

    Modern-era gold sovereigns reemerged in 1817. The move was spurred by the defeat of Napoleon and his French Army at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The nation carried out a review of its coinage and found demand among citizens for gold coins in values of 20 Shillings and 10 Shillings over the previously-used Guineas, Half-Guineas, and Seven Shilling pieces. First issued during the final years of King George III’s reign, these gold sovereigns introduced the practice of the monarch profile portrait on the obverse and the St. George design on the reverse.

    Modern Gold Sovereign Coins

    Since 1817, gold sovereign coins have been issued to fill varying roles. From the original sovereigns of Henry VII to the new modern gold sovereign of King George III, most gold sovereigns prior to the 20th century were gold coins intended for use in circulation to meet economic needs as a medium of exchange. Those coins had a face value of 20 Shillings, with so-called Half-Sovereigns available with a 10 Shilling face value from time to time. The coins featured .2345 Troy oz of .917 gold content that included .083 copper and other metals to improve its resistance to wear and tear.

    However, starting in 1914 the gold sovereign’s purpose was altered. From 1914 until 1978 the gold sovereign was largely issued as a trade coin by the Royal Mint and rarely used in the United Kingdom as a medium of exchange for commerce. Since 1979, the Gold Sovereign has been issued as a bullion coin with proof versions also available, both bearing a nominal face value of 1 Pound Sterling.

    Design of the Gold Sovereigns

    In the modern collection of Gold Sovereigns, the obverse has been the steadier of the two faces of the coin in terms of designs. The ruling monarch is always featured on the obverse face of the coin, with notable designs including:

    • 1817 – Gold Sovereigns from the first modern year of issue featured a right-profile bust of King George III created by Benedetto Pistrucci. The King wears a Garter ribbon (wreath) around his head in this design.
    • 1837 – The first Gold Sovereigns of Queen Victoria I’s reign included a left-profile bust of the Queen with her hair held up high in the back with a tie. The reverse design throughout much of Victoria I’s 63-year reign included a crowned shield design rather than Pistrucci’s original St. George design.
    • 1902 (onward) – British Gold Sovereigns issued following the death of Queen Victoria I in 1901 brought with a number of different monarch busts on the obverse. These included the bust of King Edward VII from 1902 to 1910, King George V from 1910 to 1936, a select few for King Edward VIII before he abdicated the throne within his ascension in 1936, and various effigies of King George VI between 1936 and his death in 1952. Since then, Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne as Queen of England and her effigy has been modified five times during her reign.

    The reverse of most Gold Sovereigns issued since 1817, as alluded to, feature Pistrucci’s design of St. George battling the dragon. Though this image has been modified at various times or paired with other images on the reverse, it is the most consistently used design in the collection of Gold Sovereigns from the Royal Mint.

    Versions of the Gold Sovereign

    The most commonly issued British Gold Sovereign is the standard gold coin in this series. It has been available for most of the years since its introduction in 1817. While the Gold Sovereign is the most prevalent coin in the series, there are actually two other options available in the British Gold Sovereign Series. The British Gold Double Sovereign was conceived at the same time in 1817, but the coin never entered circulation. A select few proof or pattern coins were released in 1820 during the reign of King George III. In 1887, Double Sovereigns were released to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Double Sovereigns rarely went into circulation. In the 1980s, Double Sovereigns were introduced for the first time as modern bullion coins for investors. Additionally, a British Gold Half Sovereign was conceived in 1817, but like the Double Sovereign, was rarely issued. It is more commonly available from the 20th century and 21st century as bullion coins not intended for circulation use.

    Buy Gold Sovereigns with JM Bullion

    Our collection of Gold Sovereigns covers many of the coins issued dating from the reign of Queen Victoria I to the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. From her great-great-grandmother to the reigning monarch of England, Gold Sovereigns of the modern era are known as a symbol of power, strength, and the refining excellence of the Royal Mint.