The British Gold Sovereign is perhaps one of the most famous circulating gold coins in the world, with its depiction on the reverse of St. George slaying a dragon.
Although the current sovereign dates from 1817, these Gold Common Date Sovereigns from the Royal Mint in Great Britain were minted from 1957 onwards. These relatively modern gold coins still adhere to the original specifications set forth in the 1816 Coin Act: 22.05mm diameter, 1.52mm thickness, and a pure gold content of .2354 troy ounces. Gold Sovereigns are struck from 22K (.9167 fine) "crown gold", which means it contains 11/12ths gold and 1/12 copper. This gives them their rich hue.
Although only struck now as a bullion coin, the sovereign still retains its legal tender status in the United Kingdom with a traditional value of one pound Sterling. These coins were all minted during the reign of Elizabeth II, so will feature her image on the obverse, along with the year-date.
Stock photo for reference only. Year-date will vary according to available inventory.
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