Fine Gold Coin 916.7 - Sovereign King Edward VII

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Characteristics of the British gold sovereign coin King Edward VII

The British Gold Sovereign coins are among the most prestigious coins in the world. “The Sovereign” is a classic from the British Royal mint. It has become a symbol for British coinage. The gold bullion Sovereign coin is one of the most recognizable gold coins in the world. First minted over 530 years ago, they hold an unquestionable amount of historic and patriotic value to Great Britain.

The King Edward VII Sovereign gold coin has a purity of 0.9167 and weighs 7.32 grams (g) of pure gold which is equivalent to 2354 ounce (oz).

Obverse (front) of the sovereign gold coin King Edward VII

On its obverse side, the coin features the first portrait of the king, known as the 'bare head' portrait, created by George William de Saulles for the Royal Mint. The coins always depict the reigning Monarch at the time it was struck. The Latin words “EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:” meaning “Edward the Seventh, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India.” is presented on the coin, surrounding the Monarch’s head.

Reverse (back) of the sovereign gold coin young Elizabeth

Following tradition, the reverse side includes a rendition of St. George mounted on a horse and slaying a dragon. This popular image was designed in 1817 by Benedetto Pistrucci, an Italian engraver.

How much is a gold Sovereign Edward VII coin worth?

With a purity of 0.9167 and a weight of 7.32 grams (g) its price is calculated by multiplying its gold content by the current gold spot price and then adding the premium.

And what is the resale value of a gold Sovereign King Edward?

As we do not take any commission on resale for stored products, the resale value for this coin on GOLD AVENUE is simply what is known as the “metal price”, which is the coin’s current price on the market.

What is the face value of the gold sovereign?

Classic sovereign coins have a face value of £1. There are also double (£2) and quintuple (£5) sovereigns as well as half (£0.5) and quarter (£0.25) sovereigns which each have a different face value. The sovereign’s real value, however, is considerably higher as it is based on its gold weight, purity, and collectability.

Handling and protecting a Sovereign Coin

Protect your gold British Sovereign Coin from fingerprints by using cotton gloves and handling your coins with care. You can also protect your coin by keeping it inside a clear plastic capsule. This will display the coin very elegantly, and also add extra value and presentation to your coins collection.

Invest in Sovereign gold coins: King Edward VII

These gold coins make an ideal investment, or perhaps a perfect addition to a collection. As a physical, allocated asset, and a national coin with historical and face value, gold bullion coins such as Sovereigns are unlikely to lose their value over time and can be a way to protect your wealth against inflation or economic crisis.

The gold Sovereign coins are widely acknowledged to be the world’s leading bullion coins and are recognized throughout the world. As it has been part of British coinage for years, older variations of these coins may hold additional value due to their collectability.

Knowing that the price of gold has never stopped increasing in value over the last few centuries, buying physical gold is a way to preserve your wealth, even if it means passing it on to the next generation. Other precious metals such as platinum, silver, palladium, just to name a few have been able to maintain the wealth of their investors but gold remains the perfect safe haven.

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  • Year:

    Mixed Years
  • Mint Mark:

    The Royal Mint
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  • Weight (g):

    7.32 g
  • Weight (oz):

    0.235 oz
  • Diameter:

    22.05 mm

Origins of the Sovereign gold coin

The production of the Sovereign gold coin began circa 1489, under the reign of King Henry VII. It continued to be minted until the reign of James 1, in 1603. The coin we know today originated as a part of the Great Recoinage of 1816. At first, the coin did not boast of significant popularity as the English public preferred notes over coins. Yet, as soon as the paper currency was limited by law and the coin started circulating, it became one of the most popular coins in England. This remains true to this day.

History of the gold Sovereign King Edward VII

As the first male born child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Edward VII received a strict upbringing in preparation for his reign. He was only king for a short period of time, however, reigning from 1901 to 1910. His reign was a golden age of peace for the British Empire and was instrumental in the signing of the Franco-British "Entente Cordiale" peace agreement in 1904. With only nine existing years for these Sovereign editions, as many as he spent on the throne, this is your chance to collect one of the sovereigns minted in celebration of Edward VII's reign.