The intention of our gold sovereigns website is straightforward. We aim to
help collectors and investors alike determine current sovereign prices for
individual coins and years. By providing up to date, un biased information we
hope to give you a good advantage to buy sovereign coins at prices that are
lower than their true market value. If you are a long term investment
or a numismatist working to complete a coin collection, we feel we can greatly
improve your chances of finding the best prices and consequently getting you
real value for your money. After all full and half sovereign coins are the
most widely traded semi-numismatic coins in the world.
The value of gold sovereigns has soared over the last few years as the spot
price continues to increase. Many investors are now looking at sovereigns as a
safe haven from the continued economic volatility, and buying them as an
investment is made easier due to their convenient prices. Been among the
smallest investment coins available keeps the price per coin relatively
inexpensive enabling the smart buyer to gradually increase their collection over
time. This can be a highly effective strategy for safeguarding against
There are numerous benefits associated with buying gold in this way. Primary,
the sovereigns are yours to own, to be stashed away, hidden, placed in a vault
or buried as you wish. Regardless of whether bought from a dealer, an auction or
an online shop, gold coins represent a high monetary value within a small,
convenient form that can be easily reconverted to fiat currency any time you
require it. Sovereign prices are unlikely to reduce within the time period you
have them, and more likely the price will increase as gold gains value.
If you’re intending to buy or sell gold sovereigns then the first
hurdle you will undoubtedly face is price, or more essentially the actual value
of the individual sovereign coin you wish to trade. The true value of
sovereigns can fluctuate on a daily basis, changing with the price of bullion.
This effects sovereigns in the lower price range far more than with the top end
rare coins, the gold content in older rare sovereigns makes up a much smaller
percentage of the overall complete value.
For this reason and also the necessity to grade each specific coin, having an
comprehensive price list becomes almost impossible. Even if we were to have such
a list it could only ever be speculation and would unquestionably be out of date
within a few days. We do however have a tried and tested method that we have
used for years to find a true sovereigns price for buying or selling. To
find out more please take a look at our gold sovereign value page.
The price of a British sovereign is not just based on the gold content alone.
Two other key areas that greatly influence the price are the scarcity of the
sovereign and also the grade of the coin.
The gold content is the real tangible asset associated with sovereigns and is
by far the easiest element to put a firm value upon.
Certain sovereign coins are extremely scarce, possibly struck within a
particular low mintage year, or maybe from a certain mint, and therefore might
have a value significantly greater than the actual gold content of the sovereign
alone. Endeavoring to place a price upon such numismatic characteristics
requires a far greater level of skill than the typical investor. Grading an
older rare sovereign again requires great knowledge and skill and is best left
to the experts. We do cover coin grading in more detail elsewhere on this
website, however do remember that the price of a wrongly graded rare sovereign
could be hundreds of pounds wide of the mark.
To avoid the higher premium prices associated with these coins, newer
investors tend to shy away from the older historical sovereign coins, instead
buying more recent sovereigns from the last twenty years or so, which tend to
offer better prices such like the 2011 gold sovereigns.
Another alternative is to buy proof sovereign coins which aren’t
struck on the same dies as normal sovereign coins but struck using a different
method. It would be extremely unlikely that a proof coin would at any time have
been circulated since besides been typically well packaged they are generally
only minted for the collectors market. Priced a little higher than a standard
sovereign but a much easier coin to grade.
If your interest in sovereigns is more a short to medium term investment, and
you interest in the historical value is less essential, then buying a recent sovereign
or proof coins can be a excellent strategy to undertake.
Proof sovereign dies are specially produced to a much higher standard, these coins
are usually struck twice with the special dies. The most common understanding of
proof is that the flat background of the coins have a highly polished mirror
like finish, the raised parts of the design have a matt finish. Proof coins will
generally carry a higher premium price over the spot price, however this is not
a problem as the higher premium price will always be recuperated in your selling
price at a later date.
A Little History
The sovereign is the official coinage of English Royalty and since been
first minted to honor Henry VII in 1489 they have been issued for most English
Kings and Queens since. The first design to be used showed a highly structured
Tudor rose and a large shield. Five more sovereigns were struck during the rain
of Henry VII, each depicts with a different front and back. Sovereigns have
since been issued by Henry VIII who had the first half sovereign struck.
Elizabeth I, Edward VI, Queen Mary, Elizabeth I, James I, George III, George IV,
William IV, Queen Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII. George VI and
Elizabeth II all issued fine sovereigns. Note the list excludes: Charles I,
Charles II, James II, William III, Mary II, Anne, George I and George II.
With no denomination value printed on them, British Sovereign Coins are
unusual among other coins and currency which more commonly have a face
value. Instead It’s price was tied in with the pound Sterling which in
turn was tied into the gold standard of £3 / 17s /10 1/2d for a standard ounce
of gold. It contained almost one pounds worth of gold which was
nineteen shillings and eight pence, with 22 carat weighing in at 0.2354
troy oz, which is just a fraction under 1/4oz. This was the reason it quickly
became the preferred and enthusiastically accepted means of paying for
goods by the various merchants around the world.
I has been said that the production of Sovereigns stopped in 1933 due to the
rise in the price of gold. The price was worth more than the face value of the
coins. Due to this price increase 1933 was the first year in over a hundred that
no sovereigns were produced throughout the whole empire.
Sovereign coins are also recognized worldwide and have been used as crisis
money for many years. Allied World War II pilots had to carry a British
Sovereign in their kit and still did even during the Desert Storm campaign. USA
pilots and the British SAS also carried Sovereign coins as money in case
they crash landed in Iraq. British Sovereigns are portable, and
offer an instantly recognisable currency worldwide.