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Coin type: Sovereign (Pre-Decimal)
Description

The sovereign is a gold coin of the United Kingdom, with a nominal value of one pound sterling. Prior to 1932 it was a fully circulating coin within Britain's then Gold Standard currency.

Sovereigns have been minted in the United Kingdom from 1817 to 1917, in 1925, and from 1957 to the present. In the past Australia, Canada, and South Africa all occasionally minted the coins.

In Victorian times it was the practice of the Bank of England to remove worn sovereigns and half sovereigns from circulation and to have them recoined. Consequently, although a billion sovereigns have been minted in total, that figure includes gold that has been coined and recoined a number of times. In addition, when coins were sent to places such as the United States for international payments between governments, they were frequently melted down into gold bars because of the Federal regulations then in force. When gold coins were finally withdrawn from circulation in 1933 in the US, many thousands of British gold sovereigns were consigned to the melting pot in this way.

It is estimated that in circulation a sovereign could have a lifespan of up to 15 years before it fell below the "least current weight", that is, the minimum amount of gold below which it ceased to be legal tender.

English law allows a sovereign to be legal tender so long as it weighs 7.93787 g (0.280000 oz), or more; and the difference between this and the full standard weight of 7.98805 g (0.281770 oz) (approx. 0.6%) represents the margin allowed for abrasion.

It was actually the half-sovereign that had the most circulation in Victorian Britain. Many sovereigns languished in bank vaults for most of their lives. In 1889 and 1890 Orders in Council were made permitting members of the general public to hand in any gold coins that were underweight and have them replaced by full-weight coins. A proclamation was subsequently issued in November 1890 that any gold coin struck before 1837 would cease to be legal tender with effect from 28 February 1891. This recycled gold was subsequently reminted into 13,680,486 half sovereigns in 1892 and 10,846,741 sovereigns in 1900. (Both figures are for the London branch of the Royal Mint.)

Sovereign obverse (heads) dies were also used in the nineteenth century to create farthings once they had become worn. (An obverse die could typically produce 100,000 coins.)

Composition: 0.9167 gold, 0.0833 copper.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type of Sub-types Sovereign (pre-Victorian)
Sovereign (Shield)
Sovereign (St George)
Face value1 (x Pound)
Years produced1817 - 1968 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Material0.9167 Gold Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)1.5200
Mass (g)7.9881
Obverse

Effigy of the monarch, legend.

Obverse inscription

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.

References to additional information:

[Book] Marsh, Michael A., M.A. Marsh Publications 2002. The Gold Sovereign.

Sovereign (Pre-Decimal): Photos

Coin - Sovereign, George III, Great Britain, 1820
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Notes: St George, within garter (1817 - 1825).
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Coin - Sovereign, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1843
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Notes: Crowned shield (1838 - 1887).
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Coin - Sovereign, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
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Notes: St George (modern) (1871 - 1968).
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Coin - Sovereign, George III, Great Britain, 1820
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: King George III (1817 - 1820).
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Coin - Sovereign, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1852
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Notes: Queen Victoria, "Young Head" portrait (1838 - 1887).
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Coin - Sovereign, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
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Notes: King Edward VII (1902 - 1910).
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Coin - Sovereign, Canada, 1918
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Notes: King George V (1911 - 1928).
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Proof Coin - Sovereign, Australia, 1930
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Notes: King George V, "small head" (1929 - 1932).
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Proof Coin - Sovereign, George VI, Great Britain, 1937
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Notes: King George VI (1937).
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List of 148 coins of type: Sovereign (Pre-Decimal) from United Kingdom
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Sovereign 1817 3,235,239 King George III Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: 1817
Sovereign 1818 2,347,230 King George III Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: 1818
Sovereign 1819 3,574 King George III Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: 1819
Sovereign 1820 931,994 King George III Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: 1820
Sovereign 1821 9,405,114 King George IV Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate head) GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1822 5,356,787 King George IV Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate head) GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1823 616,770 King George IV Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate head) GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1824 3,767,904 King George IV Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate head) GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1825 St George 4,200,343 King George IV Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate head) GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1825 Shield 4,200,343 King George IV Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1825
Sovereign 1826 5,724,196 King George IV Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1826
Sovereign 1827 2,266,629 King George IV Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1827
Sovereign 1828 386,182 King George IV Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1828
Sovereign 1829 2,444,652 King George IV Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1829
Sovereign 1830 George IV 2,387,881 King George IV Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1830
Sovereign 1830 William IV unknown King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1831 598,697 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1832 3,737,065 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1833 1,225,269 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1835 723,441 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1836 1,714,349 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1837 William IV 1,172,984 King William IV Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1837 Victoria unknown Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1837
Sovereign 1838 2,718,694 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1838
Sovereign 1839 504,095 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1839
Sovereign 1841 124,054 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1841
Sovereign 1842 4,865,375 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1842
Sovereign 1843 5,981,968 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1843
Sovereign 1844 3,000,445 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1844
Sovereign 1845 3,800,845 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1845
Sovereign 1846 3,802,947 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1846
Sovereign 1847 4,667,126 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1847
Sovereign 1848 2,246,701 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1848
Sovereign 1849 1,755,399 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1849
Sovereign 1850 1,402,039 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1850
Sovereign 1851 4,013,624 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1851
Sovereign 1852 8,053,435 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1852
Sovereign 1853 10,597,993 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1853
Sovereign 1854 3,589,611 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1854
Sovereign 1855 8,448,482 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1855
Sovereign 1856 4,806,160 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1856
Sovereign 1857 4,495,748 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1857
Sovereign 1858 803,234 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1858
Sovereign 1859 1,547,603 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1859
Sovereign 1860 2,555,958 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1860
Sovereign 1861 7,624,736 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1861
Sovereign 1862 7,836,413 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1862
Sovereign 1863 5,921,669 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1863
Sovereign 1864 8,656,352 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1864
Sovereign 1865 1,450,238 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1865
Sovereign 1866 4,047,288 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1866
Sovereign 1868 1,653,384 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1868
Sovereign 1869 6,441,322 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1869
Sovereign 1870 2,189,960 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1870
Sovereign 1871 Shield 11,581,250 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1871
Sovereign 1871 St George 11,581,250 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D:
Sovereign 1872 Shield 16,049,708 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1872
Sovereign 1872 St George 16,049,708 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D
Sovereign 1873 Shield 3,846,215 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1873
Sovereign 1873 St George 4,598,215 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1874 Shield 1,893,713 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1874
Sovereign 1874 St George 3,792,713 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1875 Shield 2,122,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1875
Sovereign 1875 St George 4,010,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1876 Shield 1,613,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1876
Sovereign 1876 St George 7,055,866 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1877 Shield 1,590,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1877
Sovereign 1877 St George 1,487,002 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1878 Shield 1,259,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1878
Sovereign 1878 St George 3,262,275 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1879 Shield 1,366,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1879
Sovereign 1879 St George 4,126,013 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1880 Shield 4,511,800 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1880
Sovereign 1880 St George 8,161,880 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1881 Shield 3,684,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1881
Sovereign 1881 St George 3,684,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1882 Shield 3,764,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1882
Sovereign 1882 St George 3,764,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1883 Shield 3,158,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1883
Sovereign 1883 St George 3,158,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1884 Shield 4,537,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1884
Sovereign 1884 St George 6,306,635 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1885 Shield 4,442,500 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1885
Sovereign 1885 St George 5,160,223 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1886 Shield 4,568,500 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1886
Sovereign 1886 St George 4,568,500 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1887 Shield 2,915,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1887
Sovereign 1887 St George, Young head 2,915,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1887 St George, Jubilee head 3,054,077 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1888 7,294,424 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1889 13,251,455 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D
Sovereign 1890 11,811,424 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D
Sovereign 1891 11,675,068 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D
Sovereign 1892 13,430,470 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D
Sovereign 1893 Jubilee head 3,147,352 Queen Victoria Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D
Sovereign 1893 Veiled head 10,159,433 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP .
Sovereign 1894 11,016,485 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1895 9,209,186 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1896 10,334,997 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1897 7,662,565 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1898 12,418,485 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1899 17,045,127 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1900 20,604,734 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1901 11,467,982 Queen Victoria Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head) VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1902 16,122,198 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1903 19,891,190 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1904 21,278,022 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1905 17,198,434 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1906 21,746,651 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1907 29,302,643 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1908 21,702,207 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F:D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1909 21,784,151 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1910 32,287,808 King Edward VII Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1911 40,048,431 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1912 39,292,322 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1913 33,750,854 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1914 20,118,033 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1915 27,652,715 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1916 8,171,636 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1917 7,741,314 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1918 13,900,265 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1919 5,480,498 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1920 3,311,196 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1921 3,339,481 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1922 3,485,190 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1923 3,051,743 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1924 2,139,740 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1925 21,276,258 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1926 13,663,346 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1927 18,073,404 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1928 19,981,682 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1929 14,067,451 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1930 12,020,682 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1931 9,743,139 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1932 1,066,680 King George V Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1937 Edward VIII (not released) 6 King Edward VIII Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget EDWARDVS VIII D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) 5,501 King George VI Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Sovereign 1953 (not released) unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH II DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REGINA F: D: +
Sovereign 1957 2,072,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1958 8,700,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : +
Sovereign 1959 1,385,228 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1962 3,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1963 7,400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1964 3,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1965 3,800,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1966 7,050,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1967 5,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1968 4,203,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign (Pre-Decimal): Some useful external links
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