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Best Value Edward VII Sovereigns

Best Value Edward VII Sovereigns

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22 carat gold Edward VII Sovereigns with our choice of year. The eldest son of Queen Victoria, Edward acceded to the throne in 1901 and was crowned the following year. The period of his short reign is known as the ‘Edwardian age’: a time of peace and prosperity in Britain and the high water mark of the British Empire. The coins minted in the UK from 1902 until Edward VII’s death in 1910 featured a portrait of the King by George William de Saulles and these Sovereigns are no different. It’s an uncrowned portrait that shows the monarch facing right, sporting a fashionable beard. This design was created for Edward’s coinage but the reverse used on his Sovereigns is much older, dating back to 1817 when the first modern Sovereigns were issued. Benedetto Pistrucci’s St George and the dragon motif was used on these gold coins throughout Edward’s reign. Our best value Edward VII Sovereigns are offered in Fine (F) to Very Fine (VF) grades. They’re largely struck at the London mint and have been carefully weighed and authenticated by our expert team who will select your coin from out available stock. Each of these Sovereigns are composed of exactly 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold (actual gold weight: 7.32 grams or .2354 troy ounces). Despite their age, these coins have the same tax benefits as a modern Sovereign including VAT free status and a Capital Gains Tax exemption. Order more than one and save on these historic investment coins.
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22 carat gold historic Edward VII Sovereigns, graded Fine to Very Fine.

The History Of British Gold Sovereigns

The Sovereign originated in Tudor times as a hammered gold coin, presented to VIPs. Their legend was reborn in the early nineteenth century when the name was revived for a new denomination, first issued in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars and a wholesale overhaul of British coinage.

The Sovereigns minted in 1817 established a specification that is closely followed to this day. Each of these 22 carat (916.7) gold coins weighs 7.98 grams. They measure 22.05 millimetres in diameter and feature a milled edge.

Gold Sovereigns all have a pure gold weight of 7.32 grams or 0.2354 troy ounces.

Sovereigns once circulated across the globe, a symbol of the British Empire, trusted to contain a known quantity of gold. Regular production petered out between the First and Second World Wars with only special coronation issues struck until The Royal Mint began striking new Elizabeth II Sovereigns in 1957. These modern coins and their historic counterparts remain popular with collectors and investors.

The Coinage Of King Edward VII

The eldest son of Queen Victoria, Edward VII came to the throne in January 1901 at the age of 59. Related to many of the crowned heads of Europe, Edward helped foster good international relations, presiding over an era of peace and prosperity known as the 'Edwardian era'. The first truly constitutional British monarch, Edward reinstated a range of public ceremonies and invited a broader range of people to attend them, this and his royal tours earning him a good deal of popularity before he was succeeded by his son, King George V.

Coins issued in Britain during Edward VII’s reign feature a bare headed portrait of the king, facing right, by George William de Saulles. The artist's initials appear below the truncation of the monarchs neck. De Saulles also designed several new reverses for Edward's coins though his Sovereigns feature a much older engraving, created in 1817 by the Italian artist, Benedetto Pistrucci. Pistrucci's Saint George and the dragon motif features on the reverse of all Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns issued between 1902 (Edward's coronation year) and his death in 1910.

Obverse George William de Saulles’ portrait of Edward VII with a legend that reads: 'EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:'.
Reverse Benedetto Pistrucci's interpretation of the legend of St George and the dragon with the date below.
Composition 7.98 grams of 22 carat (916.7) gold. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. Actual gold content: 7.32 grams or .2354 troy ounces. 

Investing In Edward VII Sovereigns

Gold Sovereigns are popular among investors and historic Sovereigns have a distinct appeal. Here's five reasons we recommend Edward VII Sovereigns:

  • Like all Sovereigns, these older coins are composed of 22 carat gold, offering the intrinsic security of precious metals as a means of storing wealth
  • Each of these coins weighs 7.98 grams making them easy to store and their prices accessible to most buyers, particularly when compared to larger gold coins like Britannias and Krugerrands
  • Edward VII Sovereigns are free from VAT as investment gold in the UK and European Union
  • As they're still technically legal tender in the UK, these old gold coins are also Capital Gains Tax exempt
  • Lastly, the numismatic appeal and aesthetic beauty of these coins adds a collectible element and can give historic Sovereigns a value above bullion

Are Edward VII Sovereigns Valuable?

There are some rare dates and scarcer mint marks to be found on Edward VII Sovereigns. Coins with a tiny 'C', indicating that they were struck at the Ottawa Mint in Canada are particularly sought after. An 'M,' a 'P,' or an 'S' to the reverse indicates coins struck in Melbourne, Sydney or Perth, Australia, respectively. Branch mint Edward VII Sovereigns are generally more valuable than those struck in London.

Condition also impacts the value of early twentieth century Sovereigns. High grade examples - those with few scratches or signs of wear - can command prices well above the bullion value. The value of bullion-grade Edward VII Sovereigns varies with the spot price of gold which can go up and down through the day. Our profit and that of other coin dealers comes by charging a small margin over the live gold price for coins that are sought-after by investors and collectors.

How To Buy A Gold Edward VII Sovereign

These best value Edward VII Sovereigns are carefully selected from our available stock. You will receive our choice of date, between 1902 and 1910. Which year you receive will depend on our current supply. We carefully authenticate all our gold coins using our decades of expertise as well as XRF technology (which allows us to check the chemical composition of Sovereigns without damaging them).

Our best value circulated Edward VII Sovereigns are graded Fine (F) to Very Fine (VF). 

On these coins, de Saulles portrait can be appreciated though superficial scratches and signs of wear may be apparent. Any marks will not impact the weight or appeal of these coins which are individually assessed by our team.

If you're in the market for high grade Edward VII coins then why not take a look at our milled coins page: you can browse by monarch and denomination. Use the search bar at the top of this page to quickly search by year.

Edward VII Sovereigns With Free Delivery

We deliver Edward VII Sovereigns to UK addresses for free. Your package will be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery which is a next day, insured service. 

All orders are sent out from our shop in Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire. If you recognise the nae it’s probably because you remember how the town paid tribute to fallen soldiers, repatriated through RAF Lyneham. If you’d like to collect your order in person please contact us. We’d be happy to welcome you to our dedicated gold counter at 143 High Street in the centre of town (look for the Old Bank Antiques sign to find us).

If you’re placing an order from outside the UK your order will incur a flat rate shipping fee of £15, regardless of how many items you order. Please see our delivery page for more details.

Sell A Edward VII Gold Sovereign

If you're looking to sell a gold Edward VII Sovereign we can help. We buy these coins online and across our dedicated gold counter and can give you industry leading prices for everything from ancient gold to modern circulated 50ps while you wait. Visit our Sell Your Coins to request a free, no obligation quote today.

Frequently Asked Questions

The value of Edward VII coins depends on several factors including the date, the condition and where the coin was minted. High grade branch mint Sovereigns are very sought after. The current gold price will also impact how much your King Edward coins are worth so it’s worth checking out live prices before you sell.

The value of you Edward VII Sovereign depends on the date, where it was minted and the coin's condition. High grade coins (those with little wear and few scratches) are sought-after by collectors, as are coins struck in Australia and Canada, rather than in London. Contact The Britannia Coin Company today for a quote.

Gold Sovereigns struck between 1902 and 1910 featuring a portrait of Edward VII can be very valuable. Carefully examine the ground beneath the dragon on the 'tails' side of the coin. If you can see a tiny letter you could be in luck: this indicates a coin struck in Australia or Canada - the latter are particularly valuable.

The value of Sovereigns minted during the reign of Edward VII can vary drastically. Sovereigns minted at branch mints in Australia and Canada are rarer than those struck in London. Ottawa Mint and some Melbourne Mint Sovereigns can command high prices, particularly examples in good condition.

Selling Edward VII gold Sovereigns is easy with The Britannia Coin Company. Visit our Sell Your Coins page for a free, no obligation quote for your old coins. We offer market leading prices for Edward VII Sovereigns and the best thing is you don’t have to leave your house: simply post your coins to us and get a fast deposit.

The rarest Sovereigns of King Edward VII's reign were minted at the Ottawa Mint in Canada in 1908, 1909 and 1910. You can identify these by the tiny 'C' on the ground below the dragon on the reverse. Other branch mint Edward VII Sovereigns are also sought after including those struck in Sydney and Melbourne.

During the reign of King Edward VII (ruled 1901 to 1910) gold Sovereigns were minted in London as well as at branch mints across the British Empire including three in Australia: Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. In 1908 a new mint was opened in Ottawa, Canada. Sovereigns issued at this mint are quite rare.

Contact The Britannia Coin Company to get a free, no obligation quote for your gold King Edward VII Sovereign. We buy these coins for market leading prices. Visit our Sell Your Coins page for more information on how you can sell your silver and gold Edward VII coins from home and get cash fast.


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