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British Gold Sovereign, BU
Edward VII design (Minted 1902-1910)
British gold sovereigns, or “Kings,” are perhaps the most widely recognized gold coins in the world. In Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition they are ideal for coin collectors and history buffs. They offer all the benefits of gold bullion plus extra benefits like limited supply, collector demand, financial privacy, and extra premium potential because of scarcity.
Scarce and beautiful
Minted from 1902 to 1910, the Edward VII design is scarcer than the subsequent George V sovereigns. The obverse features a portrait of Edward VII, who ruled from 1901 to 1910; the reverse depicts the mythical slaying of the dragon by St.George. The coins themselves are a beautiful yellow-gold color, rather than the orange-gold of the later George V designs. The strikes are normally very good, with sharp relief in all devices.
Sized for trade, British gold sovereigns were produced at seven different mints during the fabled era when “the sun never set on the British Empire.” From Britain to India, Canada to South Africa and Australia, these timeless gold pieces were indeed the most trusted coins in the world because of their pure gold content and secure backing by the British crown. In fact, they were included in the survival kits of American pilots during both World War II and Desert Storm.
The sporting king
Albert Edward was the second child and eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester were two titles created by his mother and bestowed upon him when he was one month old. In 1863, he married Alexandra, the eldest daughter of Prince Christian (later King Christian IX) of Denmark. Despite being notorious for having extramarital affairs, he became an icon in social circles and was a renowned horseman and hunter. He succeeded to the throne as Edward VII after Victoria’s death in 1901.
Edward VII restored luster to the monarchy that had largely been missing during the waning years of Victoria’s reign. Being related to most of Europe’s royalty made Edward VII’s role as an ambassador easier and helped him negotiate crucial alliances for England. An excellent judge of character, he surrounded himself with brilliant military leaders who kept England poised in the years leading up to World War I.
At today’s prices, these BU Kings are a steal. Great for sets!
British Gold Sovereign "Kings" - Edward VII
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|Composition||.917 Gold, .083 Copper|
|Gold content||0.2354 Ounces|
|Size||22 mm, reeded edge.|
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