Great Britain Half Sovereign and Sovereign  1911 to 1932
Great Britain Half Sovereign and Sovereign 1911 to 1932

Don't use metal polish to remove the spots, Meutia. That will ruin the value of your cool British coin. Be sure to handle your coin by its edges only. No fingerprints allowed!

It sounds like you have a gold sovereign from 1914. It could be a half sovereign, because the two coins look alike, only their size is different:

HALF SOVEREIGN: 19 mm diameter, 0.118 troy ounces gold
SOVEREIGN: 22 mm diameter, 0.235 troy ounces gold

Like most of the coins in these series, the 1914 coins from the British mint are 'common date' coins, so their fundamental value comes from gold content. In other words, these coins are 'worth their weight in gold.' There are sovereigns and half sovereigns that are worth more than basic gold value. These are discussed below.

At the current gold value of about $1080 US dollars per troy ounce, your coin is worth 0.235 times $1080, or $254. The value of gold varies daily, so be sure to look it up on a web site such as If you have a half sovereign, the formula is 0.118 x 1080 = $127

Collectors often pay more than gold value alone, especially for coins that are in excellent condition. The additional value over and above the basic gold value is called 'collector premium.' For a nice, fully uncirculated specimen expect a collector premium of about $100 US dollars for a sovereign, and half that for a half sovereign. If you want to sell your gold coin to a coin dealer, expect to get offers well below the retail price. The dealer needs that margin to keep his or her business afloat.

The coin in our picture is in beautiful condition. It has plenty of creamy mint luster, which means it is uncirculated or nearly uncirculated. It comes from respected eBay seller Allgold Coins US in London and New York. CoinQuest thanks Allgold Coins US for use of their coin photo. It is a beauty!

The discussion above applies to all dates and mint marks except a few. If your coin does not appear in the discussion below, then the value is as described above.

If you have a 1917 sovereign from Great Britain (without mint mark, see below) you have a *good date* and it is worth a lot of money. Hope you've got one. The catalogs say a 1917 sovereign without mint mark is worth $6500 in well preserved condition. But watch out. There are fakes on 1917 sovereigns without mint mark. A side-by-side comparison below shows a genuine coin and a fake. The poor quality of the fake, with lots of imperfections, is the primary diagnostic. Genuine coins have very high quality. There is a terrific page on fake sovereigns over at GoldSovereignExpert.

Now, Meutia, here is the tantalizing part. Your coin was probably minted in Great Britain and carries no mint mark. But, if it has a C mint mark (Ottawa, Canada), it is worth a lot. Look at the side with the dragon slayer, just above the date. What do you see? You may need a magnifying glass to see it. If you see no mint mark, then the discussion above applies. If you see C, for the Canadian mint, then you have a valuable coin. A 1914C sovereign catalogs for $1500 in uncirculated condition. If you have one of these, that's great!

The picture shows what an M mint mark (Melbourne, Australia) would look like. There are other mint marks for this series of sovereigns, and some are quite valuable. Here is a listing of the good mint-marked coins. The catalog value shown is for well preserved specimens.

P = Perth, Australia
M = Melbourne, Australia
S = Sydney, Australia
C = Canada
I = Bombay, India
SA = Pretoria, South Africa
no mint mark = London, UK

1918P: $2000

1913C: $900
1916C: $15000
1920M: $4000
1920S: $100000
1921M: $12000
1921S: $1000
1922M: $7000
1922S: $12000
1923S: $8000
1923SA: $500
1924S: $1000
1924SA: $4000
1926P: $1000
1928M: $3000
1929M: $2000

If you have one of the coins in the lists above, you are beyond the ken of CoinQuest. Seek out a knowledgable coin collector or coin dealer. Your coin carries numismatic (coin collector) value well beyond its basic gold value.

Finally, as with all valuable collector coins, a mint marked coin might be a counterfeit. So it is best to work with reliable dealers and have your coin authenticated, graded, and encapsulated by PCGS, NGC, ICG, or ANACS. Look them up on the Internet. Do not use other services.

Coin: 547 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Meutia, Sat, 30-May-2009 03:37:56 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 12-Jul-2014 03:46:55 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 28-Apr-2016 21:23:50 GMT
Requester description: 1914 On side is a head of a man,probably Georgivs.GEORGVS V D.G.BRITT:OMN:REX F.D.IND:IMO:.The other side is a horseman riding a horse steping on a Dragon I presume and holding a sword.Below the horse or the Dragon,there is 1914.
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Hi I am sending this comment from Greece and I have an GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN:REX F.D.IND:IMP: 1911 without mint mark visible in a pretty good condition!Is it real or not? if it is real how much does it worth?
I also hane an GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN:REX F.D.IND:IMP: 1917 with P as mint mark.Good condition also. Does it worth anything ?. Thank you . - Panos
Panos - you can compute the gold value of your coin as mentioned on this page. Whether they are real or not is always a good question. You can use this Contact link to initiate an email conversation with us. If you can accurately measure the weight of your coins, please include this information in the message. Once you receive a response, you can attach pictures of your coins in an email reply, and hopefully we will be able to authenticate them! - CoinQuest (Chris)

Hi There I have a 1930 half sovereign (SA mint - presumably South Africa). Would you know if this has any value beyond its gold weight? With many thanks - B Day
Yes, BD, the SA mint mark means Pretoria, South Africa. Your 1930SA coin is common and worth bullion plus premium due to collector appeal, if any. There is plenty of info over at Chard [PRESS HERE]. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Thanks so much - I appreciate your feedback BD - LEVON

I have this gold coin Heorgivs V-D.C.Britt:OMN:REX F.D.IND:IMP: 1911 and I want to sell this gold coin.
If you are interested please contact me Harjot (India) +9(removed)
Thanks - Harjot
Harjot -- CoinQuest does not buy or sell coins. If you'd like to create a free advertisement for your coin on our site, just click on the 'buy and sell coins' button to get started. - CoinQuest (Todd)

I have a 1911 Georgvis V. But instead of it having the horse on the back it has a crown. Could you please tell me more about it. Thank You Samantha. - Samantha
Hey Samantha -- it sounds like you might have a different coin than the ones described on this page. We invite you to request a free appraisal with a full description of your coin and we can help you figure out what you've got. Thanks! - CoinQuest (Todd)

Hi my main question is we have one of these coins, but where you have shown the stamp we do not have one but is the stamp specifically there as we have C M stamped at the bottom of georges head on the opposite side of the horse? Does this mean anything at all?? Thanks Aleisha - Aleisha
One of the obverse designer's names is Edgar Bertram MacKennal -- if the letters you're seeing are at the base of George's neck, it's possible you're seeing his initials, shown as 'B.M.' - CoinQuest (Todd)

Hello, There I've got a gold 1912 SOVEREIGN without any mint marks coin. May you tell me something about its value? - Tom
Your coin is worth gold value. If uncirculated, add $50 to $100. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Hello there, I've found a SOVEREIGN 1900, and i wanna know how much it worth. - Alex
PRESS HERE to see earlier dates. - CoinQuest (Todd)

I have a 1922 P Sovereign as pictured here. Would you know the value? Where I might sell it? - Will Lee
Hi Will - with the P mintmark for Perth, your sovereign is an Australian issue. 1922 is a common date, worth gold bullion value unless it is completely, absolutely circulated, in which case a collector may pay a premium of up to $100 (or more for especially dazzling specimens!) Please see our How to Sell Your Coins page for some tips on selling. - CoinQuest (Chris)

Hi there, I have a 1920 GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT:OMN:REX F.D.IND:IMP: would want to know its value. It is in a very good condition, well kept. - Noah
Please read the page. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1916M set in a brooch. What would you say it's worth? The brooch is 18K gold. - M
It's essentially worth the melt value of its gold content. When coins are used in jewelry they are often cleaned, damaged, or otherwise marked up and this all affects collector value. You would probably sell it for slightly above melt value in a collector's market like eBay, but a dealer would only be looking at the gold content. - CoinQuest (Todd)

Am looking for buyer of my sovereign year 1900 - Bryn
eBay is a great place to buy and sell coins. You can also take out a free ad on this web site. Click the 'Buy and Sell' button. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have 4 mint condition Sovereign Great Britain Coins with the georgivs v d.c.britt:omn:rex F.D.inp: imprint They are 1918 S, 1919 P, 1922 P, & 1930 SA. Are they worth anything past their gold weight value? Thank you and very informative site!
- W. Moore
Please read the page. Fully uncirculated sovereigns (they must be truly uncirculated) are usually worth about $100 USD over gold value. The list in the second half of this page gives the good dates and mint marks. All others are worth close to gold value. - CoinQuest (Paul)






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