Overdates on Sovereigns
An overdate on a coin is where a die has been recut or re-punched to alter the date. This may have been done for economy reasons, to avoid discarding a perfectly good die at the beginning of a new year, because of a lack of new dies, or to correct an error.
Sovereign Overdates List
Overdates are quite rare in sovereigns, probably because the gold sovereign was the nation's premier coin. In lower denominations overdates used to be more common. There exist only three years for which overdates are known for British sovereigns, these are:-
|1872||1871||Melbourne||Victoria Young Head St. George|
|1880||1870||London||Victoria Young Head St. George||With B.P.|
|1880||1870||London||Victoria Young Head St. George||Without B.P.|
Example Photograph - 1880/70
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