Historic treasures from the home of The Sovereign

Historic year-dated Sovereigns recall special memories and mark those moments that feel like yesterday. 

What better coin to mark a significant moment than The Sovereign, the flagship coin of The Royal Mint? Highly collectable in its own right, The Sovereign, with over 500 years of history itself, is known all over the world for its famous St George and the dragon design by esteemed engraver Benedetto Pistrucci. The Sovereign is regarded as one of the world’s finest coins, held in high regard for the reliability of its 22 carat gold, its weight and quality carefully maintained by The Royal Mint.

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The top ten lowest mintages for circulating Sovereigns struck in London

The top ten lowest mintages for circulating Sovereigns struck in London

Demand for the modern Sovereign, struck since 1817, has fluctuated greatly. While the number of Sovereigns minted in 1819 was exceptionally low, there have been other years with low mintages.

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The Sovereign Reverse Designs

The Sovereign Reverse Designs

The Sovereign dates back to the Tudor era, when Henry VII ordered the issue of a large gold coin of 20 shillings. However, the modern Sovereign didn’t come into existence until 1817.

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The story of The Sovereign – ‘chief coin of the world’

The story of The Sovereign – ‘chief coin of the world’

The Sovereign has a long and illustrious history. First struck more than 500 years ago, it remains the world’s oldest coin that is still in production today. Here we chart The Sovereign’s journey from inception, through retirement and revival, to the status it enjoys today as the ‘chief coin of the world’.

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