2016 Great Britain Gold Sovereign BU

2016 Great Britain Gold Sovereign BU

As low as $29.99 per coin over spot!
The Gold Sovereign features a timeless design, used on Gold sovereigns since 1817, that is regarded as a masterpiece of numismatic art and an icon of strength and dependability. The design gains more beauty in classic Brilliant Uncirculated finish.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .2354 oz actual Gold weight.
  • Multiples of 25 are packaged in tubes. Lesser quantities will be in protective plastic.
  • Obverse: Depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Reverse: Features a classic design of the rendition of St. George mounted on horseback slaying a dragon, designed by Benedetto Pistrucci.
  • Sovereign coin backed by the British government.

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The Sovereign continues to be recognized as a Gold coin of beauty, quality and value, and is considered by many as the flagship coin of The Royal Mint. Add these 2016 Gold British Sovereign coins to your cart today!

The Great Britain Gold Sovereign coin is a staple within the United Kingdom’s one thousand year history of minting coins. Produced at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, Wales, the Great Britain Gold Sovereign contains 1 oz of pure Gold and is available in half sovereigns, standard £1 sovereigns, double sovereigns and £5 sovereigns.

The original Gold Sovereign was last minted in 1604 but after more than 200 years, the coin was revived by the Great Recoinage of 1816 in an attempt by the British government to stabilize the currency and economy following the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars. In 1817, the “new” Gold Sovereigns were struck but production of these coins has been inconsistent. The coin was struck annually for the first 100 following reintroduction, but between 1917 and 1957, the coin was only struck in 1925 when Winston Churchill attempted to return the U.K. to the Gold standard. From 1949 to 1951, new coins were minted, but the coin was backdated because the coin was stuck using the die from 1925 and featured His Majesty King George V instead of King George VI, the reigning monarch at the time. Annual production resumed in 1957. Prior to 1932, before Britain abandoned the Gold standard, Gold Sovereigns were circulated throughout the public.

During the Victorian era, it was the practice of the Bank of England to remove worn sovereigns and half sovereigns from circulation and have them melted and recoined. Consequently, a staggering one billion sovereigns have been minted to date, but that number includes Gold that has been melted down and reminted into new coins. Additionally, when Gold Sovereigns were sent overseas for international payments, like in the United States, they were often melted down into Gold bars because of federal regulations in place at the time. On average, the Great Britain Gold Sovereigns had a lifespan of 15 years before falling below the “least current weight”, the minimum amount of Gold a coin could contain and still be considered legal tender. In 1889 and 1890, Orders in Council were made, allowing members of the public to return any Gold Sovereign struck before 1837 to the Bank of England to be replaced by full-weight coins.

The initial reverse image was the shield and crown motif surrounded by a heraldic wreath. This was succeeded by the portrayal of Saint George killing a dragon. Historically, other designs have been used during the reigns of King William IV, Queen Victoria, King George IV, and Queen Elizabeth II, but the image of Saint George and the dragon is still used on coins minted today.

Although Eastern in origin, the legend of Saint George slaying a dragon is part of England’s great history. Crusaders returned home to England and told of a place in Libya called Silene. The town had a small lake where a vicious dragon lived and poisoned the entire countryside. To appease the dragon, the villagers fed him two sheep a day. Once all the sheep had been sacrificed, the villagers started offering their children, drawn from a lottery, to the dragon. The day came when the king of Silene’s daughter was chosen to be fed to the dragon. Beside himself with despair and grief, the king offered the villagers all his Gold and Silver and half of his kingdom, but they refused. As the princess was sent to be fed to the dragon, Saint George rode past the lake. The princess tried to send him away, but he vowed to remain and as they were conversing, the dragon emerged. Saint George charged the beast on horseback and seriously injured it with his lance. He then yelled to the princess to removed her girdle and place it around the dragon’s neck. When she did so, the dragon meekly followed the girl without struggle. Saint George and the princess returned to Silene with the dragon where Saint George offered to kill the dragon if everyone in Silene converted to Christianity. Everyone immediately agreed and Saint George then struck the dragon with his sword, killing it. The king was so relieved the nightmare was over that he built a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint George on the site where the dragon died and water sprang forth from its alter that cured all ailments.
Customer Reviews of 2016 Great Britain Gold Sovereign BU
2016 Great Britain Gold Sovereign BU
4.8 Overall

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What a cool coin

By  John

from California

5.0

Love this coin. There is something about Saint George slaying a dragon that appeals to me. Very nice design. High quality. Great looking coin. Must have more.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Beautiful Gold coin from UK

By  bqmets86

from Central Nevada

5.0

I always think of James Bond when talk turns to gold sovereigns. This coin does not disappoint. Mint condition in a plastic sleeve. This is a good way to buy a low mintage/low premium coin for those who cannot afford a 1oz coin.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

2016 Gold Sovereign Great Britain

By  Markflorida

from Sarasota Florida

5.0

The year 1816 was a landmark for British coinage. The mint was moved from the Tower of London to a new site on Tower Hill and steam powered minting machinery built by Boulton and Watt replaced the old hand operated presses. Significantly, new coinage was produced with an intrinsic value substantially below the face value of each coin - the first official token coinage in the world. Gold sovereigns are probably the world's most famous and recognisable coins. They are extremely hard to replicate, smaller than a heavy 1oz so easier to carry and sell. Don't get caught up on the American Eagle hype, the Gold Sovereign is a superior coin, more well respected and has been around 180 years longer and still going strong today. Apex check the quality of the Gold Sovereigns they sell, they are all genuine so you have no concerns, if you are concerned consider the slabbed Sovereigns, from NGC or PCGS.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

A Timeless coin

By  Keith

from Saginaw Michigan.

5.0

Gave this as a wedding gift to a niece that married a Brit. They were both pleased.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Excellent Service!

By  Rutman

from Kokomo, IN

5.0

Ordered 2016 Great Britain Gold Sovereign on 26ARP16 received coin on 29APR16...! Unbelievable customer service. I ordered a gold coin from a online company last Feb., promised delivery in April! Never received the coin, (did get a refund)!! The coin from Apmex is absolutely beautiful! I would recommend Apmex to anyone.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Sure is a good buy with a sale premium.

By  Magpie

from Denver, CO

4.0

Starting to collect GBGS's, the vig. was ok at this time to get the latest edition. This coin is as advertised; not much more to add. Gave a 4 star only due to being a common mintage.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Cons

  • Common (higher mintage)
  • Generic Brand

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