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Great Britain Gold Sovereigns Edward VII

Tavex is pleased to present the King Edward VII sovereign gold coin, part of Britain’s most famous and longest issued gold coin series. The sovereign, introduced for the first time more than 500 years ago, is world renowned for its impeccable accuracy, strong liquidity and high quality. Hailed throughout the British Empire as “the chief coins of the world”, they were at the heart of the classical gold standard, playing a key role in international finance and trade. Sovereign gold coins were also used as legal tender currency by more than 20 countries during the nineteenth century, which is testimony to their widespread influence. This legacy is treasured by the current UK government which still deems the King Edward VII sovereign gold coin as official legal tender. Gold sovereigns have a real and permanent tangible value, and thus will make a great addition to any investor’s portfolio. 

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  • Sovereigns are Britain’s most famous coins. Gold sovereigns are Britain’s most cherished coins and likewise one of the most recognised gold pieces in the world, representing the golden age of the British Empire.
  • Sovereign gold coins are liquid. With more than 700 million pieces minted since the 1800s, the sovereign gold coins are supported by a deep and liquid market.  
  • Sovereigns are money. All gold sovereigns minted after 1837 are considered legal tender and are exempt from Capital Gains Tax in the United Kingdom.
  • Sovereign gold coins are internationally recognised. The rich 500-year history of the gold sovereign and its effigy of King George V, ruler of the largest empire in human history, support the coin’s exchangeability worldwide.
  • Sovereign coins are the equivalent of savings. Gold sovereigns are an ideal choice for any long-term saver who appreciates the security and stability of owning physical legal tender gold coins.
  • Sovereign gold coins are an excellent way to diversify your portfolio. Gold’s low correlation with other financial assets makes sovereign gold coins serve as a portfolio hedge against market risk.

The King Edward VII sovereign gold coin

The obverse of the coin portrays King Edward VII, the eldest son of Queen Victoria. Born in 1841, he acceded to the throne in 1901 and ruled until his death in 1910. King Edward VII was related to a large number of royal families throughout Europe, an aspect that was an advantage in his active role in the fields of foreign affairs. He was called “Peacemaker” as he fostered good relations between the dignitaries of other European countries. However, he was not fond of his nephew Kaiser Wilhelm II, who at the time was the German Emperor. Edward’s aversion to Wilhelm would eventually worsen diplomatic relations between Germany and Britain. Although his period of rule was short, he governed in a period of peace and plenty. The wealth created during the preceding Victorian era had created widespread prosperity, which was now being enjoyed. Britain, although economically falling behind the United States and Germany, was still the leading nation in global trade and shipping. The period between the 1900s and leading up to World War I would mark the height of the British Empire.

Face value descriptionDiameterFinenessGold weight in gramsProduct weight in gramsGold weight in Troy ouncesManufacturer country
1 sovereign22.05916.77.3157.988050.23542United Kingdom

The obverse portrays King Edward VII. Around his effigy is the text “EDWARDS VII DG BRITT OMN REX FD IND IMP” which translates as “Edward the seventh, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britons, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India”.

The reverse displays the motif of the Christian martyr St. George slaying the dragon. The design was made by the acclaimed Italian engraver and chief medallist at the Royal Mint, Benedetto Pistrucci. The year of mintage is shown at the bottom. 

Each coin is individually packaged in a hard plastic capsule if desired.

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