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The first British Gold Sovereign was minted in 1817 by the Royal Mint in London and is one of the world's most recognizable small bullion coins. Great Britain’s gold coins were some of the first coins to be used in multiple corners of the world as the Royal Mint in London is one of the oldest mint facilities in the world. Each coin is .2354 troy ounce of 91.67% gold with a face value of 1 pound sterling. The coin’s purity, weight and content are guaranteed by the British government.
The rich history of the British Gold Sovereign begins in 1489, when the original coin was designed after a half-century of civil war to celebrate a new-found stability in Henry VII's England. The original coin was last minted in 1604 and was so named because it featured images of the sovereign leader of the British Empire. The modern coins that collectors can find today were introduced back into production in 1817, following passage of the Great Recoinage of 1816.
The obverse side of each coin always features a profile depiction of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Older coins feature profiles of Queen Victoria at three points during the time of her long rule, as well as images of King Edward VII and King George V. All the British Gold Sovereign coins struck after 1957 feature Queen Elizabeth II, and there are three versions of her right-profile portrait. Written around the edge of the coin is the name and title that corresponds with the featured image.
The reverse side of the British Gold Sovereign always features the image of St. George mounted on horseback in battle with a dragon, designed by Italian engraver and medallist Benedetto Pistrucci. The coin’s reverse image has only been altered a handful of times, and the classic image remains on present-day coins as it was intended to make the coin as distinctive as possible. The space directly underneath the image displays the year of the coin’s mint.