The Royal Mint to hold a ballot for incredibly rare Sovereign for flat fee of £100,000


  • An extremely rare Sovereign, struck in 1819 is to be put up for sale by The Royal Mint.
  • It is one of only perhaps ten such Sovereigns known to exist in the world and will only be made available through a ballot on the 12th July 2019.
  • Ahead of the ballot the Sovereign will be on display in the Royal Mint Experience from 10th June 2019.
  • The Sovereign will be offered at a fixed price of £100,000 to reflect its rarity and high quality.
  • You have to apply to be included into the ballot online before 28th June 2019

The Royal Mint is to offer up an extremely rare Sovereign, struck in 1819, for sale in a one-off ballot auction this July. This incredibly rare coin has been sourced and verified by The Royal Mint’s historic coin experts.

The 1819 George III Sovereign was first minted the year in which Queen Victoria was born and is one of just 3,574 Sovereigns to be struck that year. Two-hundred years later, there are perhaps ten such pieces left in the world. The highest grade 1819 Sovereign known to exist achieved a price of £186,000 at auction in 2013. Now one of the finest of those rare coins is being sold by ballot for a fixed price of £100,000.

After 155 years of mystery, when the coin’s location was unknown, the Sovereign reappeared in 1974 when the London Evening Standard reported that dealer B.A. Seaby had been offered an 1819 Sovereign for sale. 40 years later, the same 1819 Sovereign was acquired by The Royal Mint to present for sale.

Nicola Howell, Director of Consumer Business at The Royal Mint, commented: “Acquiring this incredibly rare Sovereign was a fantastic moment for The Royal Mint. We know there are people in the UK and beyond who value such treasures, making the coin available to purchase for a fixed price is an incredible opportunity for those who want to own a piece of history.”

The Royal Mint has over 1,100 years of knowledge and their team of experts can identify and value coins owned by the public. Whether you are an avid collector or you’ve just discovered a coin in the attic, The Royal Mint’s Collector Services can enrich your understanding and appreciation of a coin through an online identification or a certified authentication and valuation service.

To be in with a chance of purchasing the 1819 George III Sovereign The Royal Mint is offering for sale, enter the ballot by 28th June 2019. The Royal Mint’s team of experts can identify, authenticate and value British historic coins, the public can simply get in touch with the Collector Services team to have their rare coins valued.

The Sovereign will be on display in the Royal Mint Experience from 10th June 2019. To register your interest and find out more:  or contact The Royal Mint Historic Coin experts on 0800 03 22 153.



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