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King Edward VII Sovereign – All You Need to Know

British Sovereigns have existed since ancient times, but the modern-day Sovereign has been minted since Great Recoinage of 1816. Sovereigns have been produced for each Monarch since this time with King Edward VII being no exception. In this article, we provide various facts and insights about King Edward VII sovereigns.

Date of King Edward VII Sovereigns

King Edward VII was king of the UK and British Dominions from 22nd January 1901 through until 6th May 1910. Therefore, King Edward VII Sovereigns were minted at this time with coins being available with dates from 1902 (when King Edward was crowned) until his death in 1910.

King Edward VII Sovereign
The King Edward VII Sovereign

Sovereign design

This sovereign features the following design on the obverse/reverse:PHYS01_Animated_Gif_2_MPU

  • Obverse – The obverse features a portrait of Edward VII
  • Reverse – The reverse displays a St. George and Dragon design

Where were they minted

There are five possible mint locations for King Edward VII sovereigns, these are listed below with the quantities minted (around 200 million in total):

  • London – 105 million
  • Australia:
    • Melbourne – 31 million
    • Perth – 42 million
    • Sydney – 22 million
  • Ottawa, Canada – Only 45,000
Kind Edward VII Sovereign
Example of the obverse side of a 1909 King Edward VII Sovereign

Production quantities by year

The following were the production quantities of gold sovereigns for each year:

  • 1902 – 16.1 million
  • 1903 – 19.9 million
  • 1904 – 21.3 million
  • 1905 – 16.4 million
  • 1906 – 21.7 million
  • 1907 – 29.3 million
  • 1908 – 21.7 million
  • 1909 – 21.8 million and
  • 1910 – 32.3 million

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Use as £1 coin

Until the first world war sovereigns were used as £1 coins. The majority of the population could not afford to keep them as collectibles, so many sovereigns became worn through active use. Therefore, to this day the quality of sovereigns is extremely variable with matte proof and extra fine examples commanding a significant price premium.

Investment approach

The gold amount within a King Edward VII sovereign weighs about 0.2354 troy oz. (i.e. just less than quarter of an oz. When calculating as an investment it’s easy to see that a premium is paid for these Sovereigns over the market price for gold. This is the balance between the current gold price and its numismatic value. When buying coins like this it’s important to remember for your investment you are not only becoming a gold owner, but also will benefit from the future collectors’ demand for these Sovereigns. If in doubt just give us a call and we can advise on the best investment approach for your circumstances.

Buying King Edward VII Sovereigns through Physical Gold

If you are looking to buy this famous and highly collectible Sovereign, then why not contact us here at Physical Gold on 020 7060 9992 We, of course, stock this Sovereign, but what we hold does fluctuate, so contact us for our latest holdings and price. If you need a specific year or level of quality, please let us know.

Image Credit: James Shepherd


Daniel Fisher formed physical Gold in 2008, after working in the financial industry for 20 years. He spent much of that time working within the new issue fixed income business at a top tier US bank. In this role, he traded a large book of fixed income securities, raised capital for some of the largest government, financial, and corporate institutions in the world and advised the leading global institutional investors. Daniel is CeFA registered and is a member of the Institute of Financial Planning.

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