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1970 Gold Sovereign Coin Elizabeth II - Does Not Exist

Unfortunately, the gold sovereign coin was never produced by The Royal Mint in 1970.

The circulation of gold sovereigns halted in 1932, although production resumed in 1957 to met an increased demand for gold bullion coins. The only dates minted during this period were the 1957,58,59, with 1962, 1968, 1974 and 1978 also following. 


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What are the Alternatives?

If you are a determined collector, we are sorry to say there is no alternative, however, if you are looking for a unique gift or similiar coins of the same year we recommend the below: 

1970 Gold Coins from Guinea

1970 Proof Annual Coin Set

1970 Gold 1 oz Krugerrand

Sovereign Date Checker

Not every date exists for gold sovereigns. In fact gold sovereigns were not issued for circulation after 1932, although the Royal Mint resumed production in 1957 partly to meet world demand for gold bullion coins.

The only dates minted during this period were 1957 to 1959, 1962 to 1968, then 1974, 1976, and 1978 to date, although some of these are available as proofs only.
A very few were produced 1953 for Elizabeth II, and these were not issued even for collectors.

You might, then, think it strange that we should publish a page specifically about a non-existent coin, but there is good reason for this. Every few weeks we receive telephone calls asking for...

...a 1970 sovereign. We explain that we cannot supply one because it does not exist, and the next question we usually get is "why not?". If we were to ask the Royal Mint, I doubt that we would get an answer, yet our customers always expect us to have the answers. That's why we have taken this unusual step of answering the question before it even gets asked.

If you found this page because you were looking for a 1970 sovereign, then we have just given you the answer you need, even if it is not the answer you wanted to hear!


The obverse of the gold sovereign of this period would comprise an early portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, likely her 1st portrait, completed by engraver Mary Gillick.


The reverse designs of the gold sovereign typically feature the classic St. George and the Dragon design by Italian engraver Benedetto Pistrucci, whose design has been reinterpreted numerous times. 


Weight / SizeFull
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.235
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Obverse DesignerMary Gillick
Reverse DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
Issuing Monarch Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Terms of Sale - Key Points

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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

Gold investment products are VAT free. Silver investment products are inclusive of VAT at the current rate unless otherwise stated.

All investment products are based on the live precious metal price. Prices will be fixed once the item has been added to the basket and recalculates just before checking out. 

If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item, it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes; therefore, some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows.

Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 

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  • Within the UK and BFPO - Royal Mail 2nd Class. Your order will normally arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery starts from £3.50.

If you wish to have your order sent by an alternative method (e.g., Saturday Guaranteed) please contact +441253343081 for more information. Please note, we will not dispatch high value orders over a bank holiday weekend.

For international delivery, please check with your local customs office for more information on custom duty and taxes.

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We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders under £1500 there is no additional fee.
  • Orders over £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to call the showroom on +441253343081 and one of our team can discuss your purchase. 

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