The English sovereign was one of the first internationally popular gold coins from the Royal Mint of England. Introduced in 1489 by King Henry VII, the English sovereign featured the monarch on the obverse and the Royal coat of arms on the reverse. The modern Gold Sovereign from Great Britain was introduced in 1817 and depicts the monarch on one side with St. George on the other. Today, Gold Great Britain Double Sovereign Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of a protective plastic flip!
- Struck in 1820 and from 1887 onward on a regular basis!
- Consists of .514 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- Reigning British monarch matching the date mark is on the obverse.
- George and the dragon is found on the reverse of most coins, with the British Royal coat of arms on certain dates.
- Please keep in mind that buying multiples can result in receiving several coins with the same date mark and matching designs.
England’s Royal Mint originally issued a coin known as the English sovereign from 1489 until 1603. These gold coins were intended for circulation and remained available through the reign of King James I who united the crowns of England and Scotland under his rule. The reign of King George III included the reintroduction of the coin as the Gold Sovereign.
All Gold Great Britain Double Sovereign Coins in this listing come with a protective plastic flips. The first modern Gold Sovereign returned in 1817 with a Double Sovereign first struck in 1820. That coin was not released into circulation. It wasn’t until 1887 that the Double Sovereign was regularly struck. If you purchase a coin in this listing, please keep in mind it will be chosen at random once your payment is processed. If you buy multiples, you may receive several with matching date marks and designs.
On the obverse of Gold Great Britain Double Sovereign, you will find an effigy of the monarch whose reign matches the date mark. Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II are the most common monarchs you will find on these coins because of their respective long reigns as Queen of England. Other possible Double Sovereign monarch designs include King George VI, King George V, and King Edward VII.
The reverse face of most Gold Double Sovereign coins includes the image of St. George slaying the dragon. Designed in 1817 by Benedetto Pistrucci, this design was on all Gold Sovereigns from 1817 to 1825. From 1825 to 1887, the coins included the British Royal coat of arms instead. Since 1887 though, St. George has been on the reverse of all Gold Double Sovereigns.
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