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From 1817 until the First World War, The Sovereign was a trusted circulating coin that was traded across the world. Renowned for its accuracy and its iconic St George and the dragon design, it was a symbol of national pride and has since earned a reputation as the ‘chief coin of the world’. This exclusive set of circulated Sovereigns, one for each monarch for whom circulating pieces were struck, charts the history of this famous gold coin.

Celebrating great dynasties, the coins span the reigns of three Royal Houses: – the House of Hanover, House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and the House of Windsor. Presented in a bespoke case, the six historic coins feature alongside a signed copy of A History of The Sovereign: Chief Coin of the World written by Dr Kevin Clancy, Director of The Royal Mint Museum.

Specification

Specification Value
Year 1820
Specification Value

1817-1820 Sovereign

Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.98g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Quality Circulating
Year 1817-1820
Pure Metal Type Gold
Condition Minimum of Fine

1825-1830 Sovereign

Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.98g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Jean Baptiste Merlen
Specification Value
Obverse Designer William Wyon
Quality Circulating
Year 1825-1830
Pure Metal Type Gold
Condition Minimum of Fine

1830-1837 Sovereign

Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.98g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Jean Baptiste Merlen
Specification Value
Obverse Designer William Wyon
Quality Circulating
Year 1830-1837
Pure Metal Type Gold
Condition Minimum of Fine

1838-1874 Sovereign

Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.98g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Jean Baptiste Merlen
Specification Value
Obverse Designer William Wyon
Quality Circulating
Year 1838-1874
Pure Metal Type Gold
Condition Minimum of Fine

1902-1910 Sovereign

Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.98g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Specification Value
Obverse Designer George William de Saulles
Quality Circulating
Year 1902-1910
Pure Metal Type Gold
Condition Minimum of Very Fine

1911-1914 Sovereign

Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.98g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Bertram MacKennal
Quality Circulating
Year 1911-1914
Pure Metal Type Gold
Condition Minimum of Extremely Fine
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