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What is the weight of a Gold Sovereign?

Gold Sovereign coins


The weight of a gold Sovereign is 7.98 grams, with a pure gold content of 7.32240 grams. The remaining weight is copper, which gives Sovereign coins their distinctive reddish hue - similar to Krugerrands.

All Sovereigns have a fineness of 916.7, meaning out of 1000 parts, that is how many are pure gold. This has been the purity of Sovereigns since 1817, when the coin was reintroduced to Britain. This percentage of gold means Sovereigns are 22-carat purity.


There are several other denominations of Sovereigns. Their weights and fine gold content are as follows:

Sovereign Size Weight (g) Pure Gold Content (g)
Quintuple (£5) 39.94 36.613
Double (£2) 15.98 14.63
Half 3.98 3.6575
Quarter 1.99 1.82875


2010 Gold Sovereign coins quarter half double quintuple

An example of the varying sizes of Gold Sovereign. From L-R: Quarter, Half, Full, Double, Quintuple.


The standard Sovereign coins measure 22.05mm across and are 1.52mm thick. The value of a Sovereign is calculated by multiplying its gold content - 7.3224g - by the live gold spot price. Some coins can gain additional value due to traits such as limited mintage or a excellent condition. For more information call our support team on 0121 634 8060 or email us a picture of your Gold Sovereign(s) to [email protected]

Sovereigns make an excellent long-term investment due to their ability to store a high amount of wealth in small units. Click here to see our range of gold Sovereign coins.


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