Old Sovereigns

Author: Lawrence Chard - Director and Expert Numismatist

Published: 16 Feb 2018

Last Updated: 3 Feb 2020


In 1957, the Bank of England started once again to issue gold sovereigns. To distinguish between the previous issues, which would in many cases seen circulation, and the new, mint condition coins, all the earlier sovereigns were termed by dealers as "old" sovereigns, as distinct from "new" sovereigns.

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The sovereigns of Edward VII and George V were known as king sovereigns or "Kings", while those of Queen Victoria were sometimes called "Victorias", "Vics" or Vickies".


Victoria sovereigns actually divide up into three different heads, and two different reverse types, making four major types in all. These are:-


The above terms may not have been in common use by the majority of the population, but were the jargon used by bullion dealers including international banks, and also by collectors.


The fine gold content of a sovereign is 0.2354 troy ounces.

Further Reading

If you would like to know more about the sovereign and other iconic numismatic pieces we recommend the bellow: 

Sovereign Information

The New 2020 Royal Mint Investment Sovereign

Sculptors Artists & Engravers of British Coins 

Sir Thomas Brock Engraver of Queen Victoria

Designs on Britannia's

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