Common Customer Questions About Gold Sovereign Coins and our Expert Answers

Over the years we are regularly asked questions about sovereign gold coins. So, we decided to provide these handy FAQs with answers, which hopefully will provide you with all the answers you will need!

1)    Is it best to buy old or new Sovereigns?

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New sovereigns like the 2018 gold sovereign are a great investment
New sovereigns like the 2018 gold sovereign are a great investment

2)    What are gold Sovereign bonds (SGB)?

SGBs are an alternative to holding physical gold. Paper bonds denominated in gold grams are issued by The Reserve Bank of India and offer a fixed maturity date whereby the investor receives back an amount based on the underlying gold price.

3)    What are gold Sovereign coins?

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4)    How much are gold Sovereign coins worth?

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5)    How heavy is a gold sovereign?

The total weight of a gold Sovereign is 7.98 grams or 0.2566 ounces. However, the gold content of the coin is only 7.32g, with the remainder consisting of copper and silver alloys to toughen the coin. Care should be taken not to mistake the Full Sovereign with the smaller Half Sovereign which weighs 3.99g.

6)    How to clean gold Sovereigns?

The best way to clean dirty gold Sovereign coins is in a mix of warm water and liquid soap. Let the coins soak for 15 minutes before carefully wiping dry with a cloth. Boiling water from a kettle can be added into the bowl for stubborn grime. Avoid using a brush or strong chemicals.

7)    How to sell gold Sovereign coins

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8)    How much are gold Sovereign rings worth?

The main value will come from the Sovereign itself. If the coin is in good condition and features a previous monarch, it will be worth more than an Elizabeth Head coin. The value of the coin itself is £200 – £300 depending on age and condition. The ring is likely to be lower purity so will only add a marginal value of 10-15%.

9)    Why buy gold Sovereigns?

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10) What is a gold Sovereign worth in Sterling?

The value will depend on its condition and age. Brand new coins are worth around £240 each while Young Head Victoria coins are worth over £300 due to their age and rarity. Selling privately on an individual basis may yield higher prices if you can find a keen buyer. If selling in bulk, a gold dealer is best.

11) What carat is a gold Sovereign?

Gold Sovereigns are 22 carat purity, the same they’ve been for over 200 years. This works out around 916/1000 parts gold. The other two carats are a mix of copper and silver alloy. The exact mix can vary from year to year. This alloy mix ensures the coins are more resilient to scratched than 24 carat coins.

12) Which gold Sovereign coin is the most valuable?

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13) Which gold Sovereign should investors buy?

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14) Where can owners sell gold Sovereign coins?

The best overall place to sell gold Sovereigns is to a specialist gold dealer who will pay you based on the sell-on value rather than just a melt value. A BNTA accredited dealer is a must if you consider trust to be a selling consideration. Selling privately is an option for rarer Sovereigns as collectors may pay a premium.

15) How do I found out where to buy gold Sovereign coins?

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Gold sovereigns can be bought in proof sets, these are published each year
Gold sovereigns can be bought in proof sets, these are published each year

16) Can you melt gold Sovereigns?

Under the 1971 UK Coinage Act, it’s illegal to melt down any UK coin with a face value. Which covers Sovereigns. More importantly, melting a Sovereign will devalue the gold, which is worth more minted as a Sovereign due to its tax efficiency as legal tender and recognisable trading format.

17) Can you spend a gold Sovereign?

Yes! Gold Sovereigns have a face value of £1, which means shopkeepers would have to accept it as legal tender. But with the gold content alone, pushing the value above £200, it would be foolish to use a Sovereign to buy goods.

18) One gold Sovereign is how many grams?

The total weight of a newly minted Sovereign is 7.98 grams. The old content itself weighs 7.32g, with the remainder consisting of a copper and silver alloy. Coins may weigh slightly less as they become older and wear on the face and edges.

19) Is a gold Sovereign legal tender?

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You could spend a gold sovereign if you wanted to, but with a value of only £1 it would be unwise
You could spend a gold sovereign if you wanted to, but with a value of only £1 it would be unwise

20) Gold Sovereigns or Britannias – which are the best to buy?

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21) Gold Sovereigns or Krugerrands – which are the best to buy?

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22) How much gold is there in a gold Sovereign vs a Half Sovereign?

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23) What is the difference between a sovereign and a half sovereign?

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Talk to our experts before buying or selling gold sovereign coins

We always love to hear from customers, new and old and are always here to answer questions about all precious metal topics including ones about gold sovereign coins. Why not call Physical Gold Limited now on 020 7060 9992 or complete our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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