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Coin and Bullion News from Chard

If you are interested in coin collecting or investing in precious metals, we have a wealth of information that we would like to share with you. Chards have over 50 years’ experience as the UK’s leading coin and bullion dealer and probably have the widest range of collectable coins and modern and historic bullion in the UK, maybe even the world! If there is a coin or subject that you would like to find out more information, please let us know and we will write a article about it. Just email and we will be happy to help.


Sovereign Definitions

A sovereign is a British gold coin, equal to one pound sterling, first struck in 1489 for Henry VII. Modern sovereigns, issued from 1817 to date weigh 7.9881 grams of 22 carat

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Hype & Misinformation

Not all our competitors are as careful as we are with the accuracy of the information we provide.

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What Exactly Is a Bullion Sovereign?

We are often asked what is a bullion sovereign, and what is the difference between a bullion and a proof sovereign....

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B.P. Initials on Gold Sovereigns

Almost all British gold sovereigns have the designers intials B.P. for Benedetto Pistrucci at the top right of the exergue (date space), it is not an advert for British Petrol

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Overdates on Sovereigns

Overdates are quite rare on British gold sovereigns. There are only 3 dates with overdates...

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Replica Gold Sovereigns and Other Coins

Many 'replica' sovereigns are misleadingly described as restrikes (or re-strikes) and vendors fail to state they they are only imitations or reproductions...

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Restrike Gold Sovereigns & Other Coins

An official restrike is a genuine coin struck by the original Mint, but with a retrospective date. The word restrike is often euphemistically and dishonestly used for fakes.

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Fakes, Forgeries and Counterfeits

Forgeries of most coins exist, gold sovereigns are no exception. We illustrate a selection of fakes. Only buy gold coins from a reputable dealer...

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2007 Gold Sovereigns - Spot the Difference!

The 2007 British gold sovereigns retain the traditional St George & Dragon reverse design, but there is a re-engraved reverse (tail) design...

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2018 Beatrix Potter Fifty Pence Coins

Introducing the latest Beatrix Potter fifty pence coins in the series. The tale continues in 2018 with four new coin designs.

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Questions They Ask Us

We receive over 100 enquiries daily, many about gold sovereigns. Here is a small sample together with some of our answers.

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As Chairman of Chard, you would expect Lawrence Chard to be an expert on the gold sovereign. 'After almost 50 years, I'm still learning'...

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Selling Gold Coins and Sovereigns on Ebay

Advice about selling gold coins on eBay, including gold sovereigns, Krugerrands and other bullion and collectors coins....

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1957 Gold Sovereign Production Restarted

After a break of 25 years since 1932, gold sovereign production restarted in 1957.

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Gold Gives Way to Paper

One of the most lasting effects of the first world war was to take most countries off the gold standard and onto paper money in the form of banknotes.

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