Coin and Bullion News from Chard

As leading UK dealers since 1964, we are always keen and eager to buy gold sovereigns. Whether you have a single coin or several thousand, whether it's an extreme rarity or a bullion coin, we will always be interested in buying your sovereigns at competitive prices. Whether your sovereign is in perfect mint state or only fit for scrap, we will buy it. Below you will find a lot of information on sovereigns from history to design and more.

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Introducing The 1957 Elizabeth II Sovereign

Gold sovereigns were re-introduced to the UK gold bullion market in 1957.

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Why Buy Secondary Market Sovereigns?

The cheapest way to buy gold sovereigns is to buy our secondary market sovereigns.

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Krugerrands Or Sovereigns

One of the most common questions that customers ask us is “Krugerrands or Sovereigns – which are the best buy?”. Read our blog to discover more.

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The Unfortunate Tragedy of The RMS Douro

The RMS Douro sank in 1882 off Cape Finesterre, taking with it a hoard of gold coins, gold bars and beautiful Brazilian diamonds...

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Shield Back Sovereigns

Some people say 'shield back sovereigns' to distinguish sovereigns. We avoid this as it is tautological, there are no sovereigns with a shield on the fron

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Full Sovereign - Tautology?

Some people say 'full sovereigns' to distinguish sovereigns from half sovereigns. Where possible we avoid this......

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Sovereign Spelling and Mis-spelling

Soveriegns, sovreigns, sovrins, soverings, sovereings, sovrings, souvereins, sovereins, gold soveriegns are among the different spelling we see for sovereigns...

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WW Raised & Incuse on 1853 - 1855 Victoria Shield Sovereigns

From 1853 to 1855 Victoria young head shield reverse gold sovereigns were issued with the engravers initials W.W. both incuse and raised. Marsh only makes a passing reference.

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Reverse Design Comparison of Victoria Jubilee Sovereigns

We compare the reverse designs of both versions of Victoria Jubilee gold sovereigns, first type short tailed horse 1887 to 1891, long tail 1891 &1892...

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George V Obverse Design Comparison

We compare the 2 different portraits on George V gold sovereigns, first type 1911 to 1928, second type 1929 to 1932...

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George V Reverse Design Comparison

We compare the reverse designs of 2 versions of St. George & dragon on George V gold sovereigns, first type 1911 to 1928, second type 1929 to 1932...

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Technical Specification of a Gold Sovereign

Technical specifications of modern (form 1817) gold sovereigns. Information brought to you by Chard the gold sovereign specialists.

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Analysis of Alloy Content of Modern Gold Sovereigns

Analysis of alloy content of modern (from 1817) gold sovereigns; gold, silver, copper, iron, tin...

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Mistrikes

It is not common to find mis-struck gold sovereigns. We found this interesting example of a very weak strike...

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Bullion Sovereigns - Price Comparison

See all of our bullion sovereign price breaks and comparisons....

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Proof or Uncirculated Sovereigns and Other Coins

We explain the difference between proof and uncirculated sovereigns, proofs are shinier, but it's not quite as simple as that.

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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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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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Experts

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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