The 20th-century monarch of Great Britain saw the rise to power of two different kings under the name Edward. Gold sovereign coins from Great Britain always feature the bust of the ruling monarch on the obverse, but when it comes to the Edwards who held the title of King of England, only one man’s gold sovereign coins exist for investors and collectors. Today, Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coins from Edward VII’s reign are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships inside of protective plastic packaging!
- Struck between 1902 and 1910!
- Contains .2354 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- On the obverse is a bust of King Edward VII.
- The reverse side of these gold sovereigns includes the image of St. George.
The eldest son of Queen Victoria I and Albert, Prince Consort, stepped forward to take the throne of England in 1902 upon the death of Victoria I on 22 January 1902. Edward VII was their eldest son and would serve as King of England until his own death in 1910.
All of the Great Britain Gold Sovereign coins available in this product listing feature date marks from 1902 at the start of Edward VII’s reign to his death in 1910. The coins are available inside of protective plastic. Though coinage was prepared and proofs struck for Edward VIII, grandson of Edward VII, no such gold sovereigns made it into circulation.
Typically, when a king or queen dies, the Royal Mint moves to create new designs and get coins into circulation within the year for the new monarch. Edward VIII took over the throne as the eldest son of George V and Queen Mary following the former’s death on 20 January 1936. However, Edward VIII abdicated the throne on 11 December 1936 before the Royal Mint could get circulation Edward VIII sovereigns produced. As such, there are no Great Britain Gold Sovereign coins for this king.
On the obverse of the Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin is the depiction of King Edward VII in left-profile relief. The coin’s obverse surface has engravings surrounding the king’s bust in Latin that indicate his name “Edward VII” and the phrasing “By Grace of God, King of England.”
The reverse side of all gold sovereigns from Great Britain include the 1817 design of St. George battling the dragon. In this design from Benedetto Pistrucci, St. George uses his horse to ride into battle and defeat the dragon.
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