British Quarter Sovereigns & Technical Specifications
SynopsisThe technical specifications for quarter sovereign coins issued from January 2009 is as follows:
|Actual Gold Content (Grams)||1.8306|
|Actual Gold Content (Troy Ounces)||0.0588|
A Modern Quarter Sovereign
This was a new denomination carrying the face value of twenty-five pence. This was the first time a gold quarter sovereign had been issued since 1853 when two pattern set were struck.
According to the Royal Mint:
The Quarter Sovereign Victorian Pattern Pieces
The coinage reform in the reign of George III made no provision for a quarter-sovereign, the denomination of five shillings being satisfactorily served by the large silver crown piece. By 1853, however, there was a perceived need for a more conveniently-sized coin of five shillings and, in initial trials, attractive little quarter-sovereigns were struck as pattern pieces.The quarter-sovereign pattern pieces of 1853 bore the lovely Young Head portrait of Queen Victoria while two different reverse designs were considered.
The first reverse design features a Crowned Royal Shield of Arms with the text 'QUARTER SOVEREIGN 1853' around the edge
The second reverse design features the text of the proposed denomination and text in the center - 'FIVE SHILLINGS 1853' whilst a crown features at the top and a thistle, rose and clover features at the bottom of the reverse.
The proposal was abandoned probably because the coin was so small it could far too easily be lost between a thumb and forefinger. There was also likely to be the problem that it would wear too fast in circulation as was indeed the case with the half sovereign.
Those exquisite Victorian trial pieces now form a treasured part of the Royal Mint collection.
Now in 2009, a quarter sovereign has been made available to collectors for the very first time. Since it takes its place in the sovereign family, Benedetto Pistrucci's St George and the dragon design features on the reverse while the obverse bears the portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank- Broadley FRBS.
Sovereign and Half Sovereign Technical Specifications
|Actual Gold Content (Grams)||7.3224|
|Actual Gold Content (Troy Ounces)||0.235421|
|Actual Gold Content (Grams)||3.6575|
|Actual Gold Content (Troy Ounces)||0.1177|
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