2018 Gold Sovereign
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2018 Gold Sovereign Coin
The Gold Sovereign coin is one of the most recognisable and invested in gold coins on the market and remains the Royal Mint’s flagship coin.
It was first minted over 500 years ago and has been used as British currency since then.
The 2018 edition contains 7.988 grams of 22 carat gold. This is a bullion finish coin, issued by the Royal Mint. Coins will be packaged loose for small quantities and come in Royal Mint tubes for orders of 25 and more. If you’d like to further protect your coins, we offer Sovereign coin capsules which fit perfectly.
The obverse of this coin features the familiar fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
This was designed by world-renowned artist Jody Clark. In this design, the Queen is featured in the King George IV Diadem and Diamond Jubilee drop pearl earrings.
The reverse contains Benedetto Pistrucci’s original design of St George and the dragon which has been ever present on Gold Sovereigns since the birth of the modern Sovereign coin more than two centuries ago.
The Latin on the coin reads ‘DEI GRA REGINA FID DEF.’ Once this is expanded it is translated as ‘Dei Gratia Regina’ which means By the Grace of God. Queen. Fid Def is ‘Fidei Defensor’ which means ‘Defender of the Faith’.
This is an acknowledgement of the Queens status as Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
Our Expert Opinion
Hands down, the 2018 Sovereign is one of the best options for those seeking to build a physical gold investment. The Mint mass-produce these coins to bullion standard, which is the lowest cost method to provide the most gold for your money. Proof versions are available but the premiums on those coins makes them less attractive for gold investors.
At approximately a quarter of an ounce in weight, they are four times smaller than the 1oz Britannia coin. The advantage the smaller coins bring is one of flexibility and further divisibility. Whether that will help more easily divide coins amongst children and grandchildren, or simply provide flexibility to liquidate small amount when times require.
While all investment grade gold is VAT exempt in the UK and EU, only certain coins are also free from Capital Gains Tax. This coin is one which qualifies for tax free status as it benefits from owning a face value and therefore becoming legal tender in the UK. Any coin which is legal tender cannot be taxed for Capital Gains. This fact alone, makes the Sovereign a very popular choice for investors seeking tax efficiency.
Due to the coin’s value, diminutive size and tax-free status, they’re incredibly popular. Any physical asset which is in demand will always fetch a higher price than obscure or undesirable assets. With a history of 200 years, you can have the comfort that these coins are incredibly liquid and easy to sell, fetching great prices.
If you’re looking to build a mixed holding of gold coins, the 2018 Sovereign can be combined with older, more collectible Sovereign coins such as the George V, Edward VII and Victorian Sovereigns. The value of Victorian Sovereigns for example, will be higher than the brand-new version as it benefits from historical, scarcity and collectors value. You may find that premiums on the older coins rise faster than brand new coins depending on availability.
Another way of diversifying your gold portfolio, would be to combine the 2018 Sovereign coin with larger coins such as the Quintuple Sovereign and Britannia, and buying smaller Half Sovereigns. This way, your holding is a great mix of sizes and ages, while still remaining completely tax free.
Why buy the 2018 Gold Sovereign from Physical Gold
Buy the 2018 Gold Sovereign from Physical Gold to benefit from fast, insured and discrete delivery. Nowhere else will you receive a Certificate of Authenticity and buyback guarantee.
As members of the British Numismatic Trade Association (BNTA), we’re one the of the UK’s top specialists for UK gold coins.
Orders are delivered free of charge within the UK only.
Delivery is in non-branded tamper proof packaging by Royal Mail Special Delivery and is fully insured. Delivery usually takes place before 1pm on the day following despatch, but some areas may run over this timeframe.
Maximum value per parcel is £50,000, so larger orders will be sent in multiple installments.
When placing your order, the delivery address needs to match the registered address of the buyer.
You’ll receive a despatch email with a tracking link once the goods are sent so you can see the status of the delivery and location of the parcel.
In the event that no-one is in to receive the delivery, you’ll be left a red card confirming attempted delivery, with confirmation on the Royal Mail tracking page. You then have the choice of arranging redelivery or picking up the parcel from your nearest sorting office.
If you request storage for your order, your goods will be sent free of charge to the storage vaults.
All gold & silver orders are stored at Loomis International in the UK and held on a fully allocated and segregated basis.
Storage fees are 1%+VAT/year for gold and 1.5%+VAT/year for silver, subject to minimum charges.
Please see further details of storage fees and minimum charges on our Storage & Delivery page.
Storage is charged at point of purchase by selecting ‘Buy with Storage’ to the next semi-annual pay date. Semi-annual storage dates are 15 March and 15 September each year and are subject to minimum charges for the period.
A recurring storage fee will be taken from your card at each semi-annual storage date.
You can opt to have your goods delivered at any time, subject to delivery charges of £25 +0.25% of the metal value.