Rare Gold Sovereigns and Bullion

Bullion coins are coins which are bought and sold on a vaiue-for-weight basis. The best prices for gold changes at least once a day due to fluctuating prices. In Britain the common bullion coins are the Sovereign (one pound coin: 1/4oz of 22ct gold) and the half Sovereign (1/2 pound coin: 1/8th oz of 22ct gold). Also popular is the Krugerrand (contains loz of pure gold) but is also available in other weights and sizes.

If a coin is polished or damaged in any way it will become worthless as a collector's coin. Avoid coins which have been mounted as jewellery or polished or which have solder marks where loops or mounts have been removed or which are damaged by scratches, dents around the edge (edge knocks) or which have holes or even holes which have been filled in (plugged). If a coin has been worn as jewellery for even a short time it will become polished as it rubs against clothes and skin.

The dates listed below are sometimes worth more than bullion value providing they are not polished or damaged and providing they are in at least EF condition. But not always. If the bullion price of a sovereign was say £80.00 and a rare date would sell to a collector for £150.00...but if the gold price rose and the bullion value became say £180.00, there will no longer be any additional collector's value. Things can change quickly in the world of gold bullion!


SOVEREIGNS          HALF SOVEREIGNS  Please see notes below for key.

1879                         George III: all* George IV : all* William IV: all*      

1908c**                    1850

1913c**                    1877m

1916c                       1881m

1917**                      1882m

1919m                      1884m

1920m**                   1885m

1920s                       1886m

1921m                      1887m

1921s**                    1881s*

1922m**                   1882s*

1922s**                    1904p

1923m*                    1908p

1923s                       1909p

1924s                       1918p

1924sa**                  1926s**









*  Very rare

** Extremely rare

Letters refer to the mint mark which can be found just above the date. No mint mark indicates that the coin was minted in London.

There were no sovereigns minted between 1933 and 1956 and between 1969 and 1973 (except for the 1937 proof sovereign) and there were no half sovereigns minted between 1926 and 1979 (except for the 1937 proof sovereign).

Gold bullion coins are an excellent investment, rare or not and whether you are out to sell gold or indeed collect coins then there is good return to be enjoyed by the careful investor

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