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The gold sovereigns


Beautiful example of sovereign at the effigy of George V


There are four sizes of gold English coins : sovereign is the most commonly used (around 8 g., diameter 22 mm), half-sovereign (around 4 g., diameter 19 mm), two sovereigns (around 16 g.) and five sovereigns (around 40 g.). There are sovereigns in the effigy of George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria, George V and Elizabeth II. The reverse is a coat of arms or St George slaying the dragon.

You were a lot to ask me the value of a sovereign. These coins are to be sure quoted on the Stock Exchange, you can easily find their current value by clicking in the following links :

Current price of the sovereign (sovereign = around 8 g., diameter 22mm)

Current price of the half-sovereign (half-sovereign = around 4 g., diameter 19 mm)

The price of the sovereign does not stop varying according to the course of the Stock Exchange ; for example, the value of a sovereign was around 140 euros in 2008, whereas the value of a sovereign was lower than 99 euros in 2004.



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The gold sovereign was created during George III's reign, in 1817. It replaced the former gold English coin called "guinea". A "guinea" was worth 21 shillings whereas a sovereign was worth 20. The guinea remained for a long time a counting currency, that is to say that despite its disappearing as a concrete currency, the English kept on counting in guineas rather than in pounds.

Here is below a copy enlarged by an English golden guinea :


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