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The 12 Greatest Sovereigns

We have identified what we would classify as the 12 greatest sovereigns; the most historically significant and interesting sovereign coins, from 200 years of the gold sovereign. We have identified the coins that make assembling a collection much more achievable; by focusing on those that stand apart, rather than the most expensive or one from every date.

The below sovereigns offer a fascinating and deep delve look into the last 200 years of British history and coinage, recording some of the most important moments in the history of the world’s greatest gold coin; the Sovereign. Looking back from King George V and the Bombay Mint of 1918, to Queen Elizabeth II Gold sovereign of 1989. View the Hattons of London 12 Greatest Sovereigns below, or read the full book here

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    • First sovereign in over 100 years with a design change
    • The first commemorative gold sovereign in history
    • Minted only in 1989
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    • The last sovereign of its kind ever issued in London
    • Never released into circulation
    • 22 carat gold
    • A must have for any gold collections
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    • First year of the Jubilee Portrait type
    • Only British sovereign struck in ‘yellow gold’
    • VAT exempt
    • Comes in a display box with a Certificate of Authenticity
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    • World first – the first four sided proof sovereign
    • Worldwide availability of just 2,019 coins
    • Struck in solid 22 carat gold
    • Exempt from VAT
    • Exclusive to Hattons of London
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    • World first – the first sovereign with a darkened Remembrance Gold finish
    • Worldwide availability of just 2,018 coins
    • Struck in solid 22 carat gold, layered with Remembrance Gold which produces a respectful darkened finish to most of the design
    • Features the Distinguished Service Order – in yellow 22 carat gold
    • Released to mark the centenary of The Armistice and the end of the First World War
    • Exempt from VAT
    • Exclusive to Hattons of London
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    • World First
    • Worldwide availability of just 3,999 coins
    • Struck in solid 22 carat gold
    • Released to mark the platinum wedding anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip
    • Exempt from VAT
    • Exclusive to Hattons of London
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    • World first
    • Just £799
    • Worldwide availability of just 1,817 coins
    • Struck in solid 22 carat gold
    • Unique 12-sided shape
    • Released to mark the 200th anniversary of the modern Sovereign
    • Exempt from VAT
    • Exclusively distributed in the UK by Hattons of London
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    • The very first sovereign to feature the Shield of the Royal Arms on the reverse
    • 1825 are the very first date of this first type and highly sought after
    • Comes in a display box with a Certificate of Authenticity
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    • The first sovereign of Her Majesty’s reign
    • 22 carat gold
    • The first sovereign portrait designed by Mary Gillick
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    • Minted only in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee
    • Proof quality and uncirculated
    • The first sovereign to mark a Royal Jubilee
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    • The definitive sovereign of the Victorian era
    • Designed by William Wyon
    • Struck by the Royal Mint
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    • The very first sovereign to depict St George slaying the dragon
    • Only struck for four years – 1817 to 1820
    • Features portrait of King George III by acclaimed designer Benedetto Pistrucci
    • Struck by British Royal Mint
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