The 1818 sovereign of George III has a laureate head, with St. George & dragon reverse inside an inscribed garter.
It is the first date of George III Sovereign, which makes it also the very first of the "modern" Sovereigns. Previously, gold coins called 'Sovereigns' had been minted on and off between 1489-1604, whereupon James I (VI) changed the name of the 20/- gold piece to a 'Unite'. The reform coinage Sovereign of 1817 onwards was issued as a normal circulation type coin, and also as a proof
Hammered gold coins called 'Sovereigns' had been minted on and off between 1489-1604, whereupon James I (VI) changed the name of the 20/- gold piece to a 'Unite'. The reform coinage Sovereign of 1817 onwards was issued as a normal circulation type coin, and also as a proof.
The obverse bears the George III laureate head on the obverse. This portrait was designed by Benedetto Pistrucci, who also designed the St George reverse.
The reverse features St George, slaying the dragon. It was designed by the artist, Benedetto Pistrucci. This iconic design has appeared on almost all sovereigns, with a few exceptions.
|Alloy||22 carat gold|
|Actual Gold Weight||0.23535 Troy oz|
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