Sovereign Spelling and Mis-spelling

Written by Lawrence Chard - Company Director and Expert Numismatist • Last updated 6 Nov 2018

We see many different spellings of the word sovereign, many of them very strange. We decided a short while ago to make a list of them. This is a start, we will post more new spellings as we come across them:-

An Ever Growing List of Variations....

sovegrein
seovereigns
soveign
soverian
sovereign's
soveriegn
sovering
sovreign
sovovereign
soveriegns
sovrins
sovrin
sovering
soverings
sovereings
sovereing
sovring
sovrings
souverein
gold sovering
gold soveriegn
sovreigns
sovvereign
soverreign
soverreigns
soverriegn
sovriegn
soverigne
soverignes
sovereighn

sovergein
sovereign
sovereigns
gold sovereign
gold sovereigns

Only the last four are correct. We are sure that there are even more incorrect spellings of the word sovereign out there waiting to be discovered.

A Familiar Ring!

The English language has taken another twist in recent years. With the growing popularity of coin rings, some people have started referring to "sovereigns" meaning rings containing sovereigns half sovereigns, other gold coins, or pseudo coins.

French

The french for sovereign and sovereigns is:- souverein (souvereins)

Bad Spellers

We are often astounded at the number of people who can't spell. We can just about understand ordinary people mis-spelling the word sovereign as soveriegn, but we can't believe how many "experts" manage to make the same mistake. A quick search on Google showed 4,120 pages with the word "soveriegn", compared with 824,000 with the correct spelling "sovereign". We decided to carry out the same research on the plural, i.e. "soveriegns" instead of "sovereigns". This gave 115 pages compared with 60,300. One of these pages made us smile more than usual because it contained two mis-spellings in its title which was shown as "Soveriegns of Sciotland - The History of Scotland". It would not give us much confidence in the author's ability to provide an accurate history of his subject as not only did he mis-spell the word sovereign, but also managed to mis-spell Scotland.

eBay

e notice that we are coming across even more mis-spellings on eBay listings. Could it be that a large number of eBayers are semi-literate?