Sovereign (Decimal), Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Sovereign (Decimal), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1974 - )
Coin TypeSovereign (Decimal)

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.

In most recent years, it has borne on the reverse Benedetto Pistrucci's design of Saint George and the Dragon, created in 1817. Occasionally, the Royal Mint also releases one-year types.

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 sovereign is a continuation of the pre-decimal sovereign, and has been issued as a decimal coin since 1974.

The designs of all denominations are identical, as - according to tradition - this type of coin has never had its value and denomination spelled out anywhere on the coin. The various denominations are only distinguished by size and weight, these being exactly in proportion to their face value. Since 1817, the composition has always been 22 carat (91.7%) gold.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Sovereign (Decimal) - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch
Reverse
United Kingdom / Sovereign (Decimal) - reverse photo

The reverse depicts, within a beaded border, an illustration of the legend of St George as the slayer of the dragon.

St George is on horseback, advancing to right, wearing a helmet and chlamys (cape, or cloak) fastened in front by a fibula, and holding a sword. His left hand clutches the rein of the horse's bridle, and he does not wear armour, other than on his lower legs and feet, with his toes bare. The saint's horse appears to be half attacking, half shrinking from the dragon, which lies wounded by George's spear and in the throes of death. The point of a spear is broken off in the dragon’s side; the shaft lays on the ground behind the horse.

In exergue, the date: [year].

Below the exergue line at right are the artist's initials B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci).

Reverse Inscription [year]
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Notes

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

See also:
- Saint Helena Sovereign

Coin Type: Sovereign (Decimal) - (50) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Sovereign 1974 United Kingdom / Sovereign 1974 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1974 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 5,002,566
Sovereign 1976 United Kingdom / Sovereign 1976 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1976 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,150,000
Sovereign 1978 United Kingdom / Sovereign 1978 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1978 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 6,550,000
Sovereign 1979 United Kingdom / Sovereign 1979 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1979 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 9,150,000
Sovereign 1980 United Kingdom / Sovereign 1980 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1980 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 5,181,200
Sovereign 1981 United Kingdom / Sovereign 1981 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1981 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 5,032,960
Sovereign 1982 United Kingdom / Sovereign 1982 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1982 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,970,000
Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1983 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 21,250
Sovereign 1984 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1984 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1984 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 12,880
Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1985 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 11,393
Sovereign 1986 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1986 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1986 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 5,079
Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1987 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 9,979
Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1988 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 7,670
Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary United Kingdom / Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 23,471
Sovereign 1990 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1990 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,767
Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1991 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,713
Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1992 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,772
Sovereign 1993 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1993 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,349
Sovereign 1994 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1994 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,998
Sovereign 1995 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1995 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1995 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 7,500
Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1996 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 7,500
Sovereign 1997 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1997 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 7,500
Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1998 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 10,000
Sovereign 1999 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Sovereign 1999 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 1999 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 11,903
Sovereign 2000 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2000 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2000 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 138,978
Sovereign 2001 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2001 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2001 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 58,377
Sovereign 2002 Golden Jubilee United Kingdom / Sovereign 2002 Golden Jubilee - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2002 Golden Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 87,764
Sovereign 2003 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2003 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2003 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 55,663
Sovereign 2004 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2004 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 40,863
Sovereign 2005 Modern St George United Kingdom / Sovereign 2005 Modern St George - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2005 Modern St George - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 58,042
Sovereign 2006 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2006 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Sovereign 2007 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2007 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Sovereign 2008 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2008 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Sovereign 2009 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2009 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2009 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Sovereign 2010 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2010 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 252,814
Sovereign 2011 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2011 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee United Kingdom / Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2012 Diamond Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 10,060
Sovereign 2013 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2013 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2013 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 10,938
- MMTC-PAMP, India: unknown
Total Mintage: 10,938
Sovereign 2014 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2014 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2014 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 4,695
- MMTC-PAMP, India: unknown
Total Mintage: 4,695
Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait) United Kingdom / Sovereign 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 5,436
- MMTC-PAMP: unknown
Total Mintage: 5,436
Sovereign 2015 (Fifth Portrait) United Kingdom / Sovereign 2015 (Fifth Portrait) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Sovereign 2016 (Fifth Portrait) United Kingdom / Sovereign 2016 (Fifth Portrait) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2016 (Fifth Portrait) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 1,251
- MMTC-PAMP: unknown
Total Mintage: 1,251
Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait United Kingdom / Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2016 90th Birthday Portrait - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 7,995
Sovereign 2017 (Bullion) United Kingdom / Sovereign 2017 (Bullion) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2017 (Bullion) - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mints:
- MMTC-PAMP: unknown
- Royal Mint: unknown
Total Mintage: unknown
Sovereign 2017 Garter United Kingdom / Sovereign 2017 Garter - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2017 Garter - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 12,681
Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee United Kingdom / Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2018 Sapphire Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mints:
- MMTC-PAMP: unknown
- Royal Mint: unknown
Total Mintage: unknown
Sovereign 2019 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2019 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2019 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mints:
- MMTC-PAMP: unknown
- Royal Mint: unknown
Total Mintage: unknown
Sovereign 2020 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2020 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2020 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mints:
- MMTC-PAMP: unknown
- Royal Mint: unknown
Total Mintage: unknown
Sovereign 2021 United Kingdom / Sovereign 2021 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2021 - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee United Kingdom / Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - reverse photo United Kingdom / Sovereign 2022 Platinum Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.9167 Gold
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
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Sovereign (Decimal): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-types Sovereign, One year types (Decimal)
Sovereign, St George (Decimal)
From1974
Face Value1 (x Pound)
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.050 mm
Thickness1.520 mm
Mass7.988 g
Sovereign (Decimal): Photos
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Great Britain 1979 sovereign
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Great Britain 1979 sovereign
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Great Britain 1998 sovereign
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