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.
- Mixed types of coins available.
- Random Year and Condition, which means you may receive 2016 coins.
- Contains 0.2354 oz actual gold weight.
- Historic coins first struck in 1817.
- Most struck at Royal Mint.
Great Britain’s gold coins were one of the first to be used in multiple corners of the world as the British Empire spread across the planet. The original English gold sovereign was last minted in 1604, and were so named because they featured images of the sovereign leader of the British Empire.
Modern Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coins went back into production in 1817 following passage of the Great Recoinage of 1816. These sovereign coins were minted annually for 100 years, before long running breaks saw it produced only once between 1917 and 1957. That one-year production came in 1925. The coins went back into regular production in 1957.
Great Britian Gold Sovereign coins all feature the same reverse image; that of St. George mounted on horseback as he does battle with a dragon. The image was designed back in 1817 by Benedetto Pistrucci, and includes the year of minting.
The obverse side of each gold sovereign always features a profile depiction of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Older coins feature profiles of Queen Victoria at three points during her long reign, as well as images of King Edward VII and King George V. All Great Britain Gold Sovereign coins struck following 1957 feature Queen Elizabeth II, with three versions of her right-profile portrait included.
On the whole, most of these coins were produced by the Royal Mint, in London. However, at certain points in time these coins were also struck at mints in Australia, Canada, and South Africa. Today, some coins are even minted by MMTC-PAMP in Delhi, India.
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