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Gold Sovereigns

The sovereign was unique among coins in that it had no denomination, or currency value printed on the coin. Its value was tied to the pound Sterling, which was tied to the gold standard of £3/17s/10 1/2d for a standard ounce of gold. It contained one pound's (£1) worth of gold (20 shillings), or, 22 carat gold weighing 0.2354 troy oz, a fraction under 1/4 oz. For this reason it rapidly became an accepted and preferred means of payment by the various merchants around the world, such as the Chinese silk traders, American tobacco sellers and Indian spice merchants.
When the price of gold rose in the 1920s, the gold in sovereigns was worth more than the coin's face value. This value rose to 28 shillings in 1932. In 1931 general production of sovereigns ceased worldwide, and 1933 was the first time in more than a 100 years that no sovereigns were produced anywhere in the Empire.
Gold coins of Australia (1852 to 1931) were also struck from 22ct gold. The 1852 Adelaide Pound, Australia's first gold coin, has an actual gold weight of 8.68 grams (Type 1) or 8.81 grams (Type 2). Australian Gold Sovereigns struck between 1855 and 1870 feature the"Sydney Mint" design. From 1871 through 1931 , Imperial Sovereigns minted in Australia are identical to those struck elsewhere, except for the distinctive Sydney (S), Melbourne (M) or Perth (P) Mintmark. Australian Sovereigns are the rarest and most sought after Sovereigns in the world today, with institutions such as Rothschilds in London taking the time to piece together a complete collection. 1
Sovereign Gold Coins are recognized worldwide and have been used as "emergency money" for decades. Allied World War II pilots carried British Gold Sovereigns in their survival kits. Even in Desert Storm, American pilots and British SAS troops carried these historic gold coins as their emergency money in case they were downed in Iraqi territory. Genuine Sovereign gold coins are private, portable, and offer you instant liquidity worldwide.

Brief History of the Sovereign
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Collecting the Australian Gold Sovereign
PDF Brochure by the ANDA
Australian Gold Series
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Mintmarks Random Collector Notes Mintage Figures
1817 - Present

Each section links to mintages and coins in the collection

Queen Victoria
Young Head

Jubilee Head

Veiled Head


King Edward VII

1902 - 1910

King George V
Large Head

1911 - 1928
Small Head

1929 - 1932

Queen Elizabeth II

1957 - 1968
500th Anniversary


1974 - 1984
Third Portrait

1985 - 1997
Large Head

1998 -

Half Sovereigns


G.B. Proof

G.B. Proof

G.B. Proof

G.B. Proof

G.B. Proof

G.B. Proof


G.B. Bullion

G.B. Bullion

Silver Proof Issues

Melbourne Mint
Cameo Proof
Adelaide Pound
Silver Proof
Sydney Mint Pattern
Silver Proof




Sydney Half Sovereign
Silver Proof


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