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Coin type: Sovereign (Decimal)
Description

On 15 February 1971, known as Decimal Day, the United Kingdom decimalised its currency. While gold sovereign coins continued to be produced exactly as before, they were now legally equal to 1 Pound Sterling of the new, decimal currency; so, technically speaking, a post-1971 gold sovereign (while identical in any other respect but the date to its predecessors) is a new type of coin.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type of Sub-types Sovereign (Decimal, St George)
Sovereign (Decimal, 500th Anniversary)
Sovereign (Decimal, Shield)
Sovereign (Decimal, St George with sword)
Sovereign (Decimal, St George Spearing Dragon Head)
Face value1 (x Pound)
Years produced1972 - ? CurrentYes
Material0.917 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)1.5200
Mass (g)7.9881
Obverse

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend.

Obverse inscription

Legend of the ruling British monarch

Reverse

Reverse inscription

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

If you keep your coins in 2x2 cardboard holders, the best size for one sovereign coins is 22.5mm.

Sovereign (Decimal): Photos

Great Britain 1979 sovereign
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Great Britain 1979 sovereign
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Great Britain 1998 sovereign
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List of 43 coins of type: Sovereign (Decimal) from United Kingdom
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Sovereign 1974 5,002,566 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1976 4,150,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1978 6,550,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1979 9,150,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1980 5,191,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1981 5,033,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1982 2,973,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) 21,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1984 (Proof only) 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) 17,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1986 (Proof only) 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) 22,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) 7,670 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary 28,000 Queen Elizabeth II Seated on Throne, by Bernard Sindall ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1990 (Proof only) 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1993 (Proof only) 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1994 (Proof only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1995 (Proof only) 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1997 (Proof only) 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 1999 (Proof only) 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2000 139,069 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2001 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2002 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2003 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2004 115,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2005 87,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2006 84,195 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2007 83,199 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2008 87,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2009 91,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2010 266,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2011 90,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee 755,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2013 unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2014 unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2015 unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2015 - Fifth portrait unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2016 unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Sovereign (Decimal): Some useful external links
Royal Mint: The Sovereign Reverse Designs