Five Sovereigns, Coin Type from Saint Helena - detailed information

Five Sovereigns, Coin Type from Saint Helena (issued 2019 - )
Coin TypeFive Sovereigns

The sovereign is a gold coin of the United Kingdom, with a nominal value of one pound sterling. Struck from 1817 until the present time, it was originally a circulating coin (see pre-decimal Sovereign) accepted in Britain and elsewhere in the world; it is now a bullion coin not intended for circulation, the intrinsic value of which is much higher than its face value. There are several denominations of the Sovereign: Five Sovereigns (Quintuple Sovereign, five pounds gold), Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign and Quarter Sovereign; the current five sovereigns coin - with face value of £5 is a continuation of the pre-decimal five sovereigns, and has been issued as a decimal coin since 1980.

Apart from the sovereigns of the United Kingdom, the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha has also authorised some mints to issue double sovereigns under its jurisdiction. These are denominated in Saint Helena Pounds - the local variation of the Pound Sterling. Following long-standing tradition, this type of coin has never had its value and denomination spelled out anywhere on the coin.

Saint Helena / Five Sovereigns - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend in Latin, date of issue.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch, date
Saint Helena / Five Sovereigns - reverse photo

Various designs as described below.

Reverse Inscription [year]
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

For other coins in the same format, see:
- Alderney - Five Sovereigns
- United Kingdom - Five Sovereigns pre-decimal (1820 - 1953) and United Kingdom - Five Sovereigns decimal (1980 - present)

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Five Sovereigns: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Material0.9167 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size36.0200 mm
Mass39.9400 g