Values of Coins of England and Great Britain

('Coins of the UK')

by Tony Clayton


One Pound - The Sovereign or Guinea


15s << : >> 30s

History of the Sovereign and Guinea
Pictures of the Sovereign and Guinea


Search by reign

One Guinea
Charles II, James II, William & Mary, William III, Anne, George I, George II, George III

Sovereign
George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, George VI, Elizabeth II


It is stressed that the following prices are a guide only, and in UK pounds. They represent what you might have to pay a dealer, rather than what you might be able to sell them for. I can take no personal responsibility for their accuracy, although every effort has been made to ensure that they have been copied correctly. In addition it should be noted that the price of gold coins is very dependent on the bullion value of gold, which in 2013 is significantly higher than when some of the following prices were published.

As indicated in the note below, despite lower quotes in these dated prices the bullion value of a sovereign is about £170. Current bullion values may be available on my Bullion Value page

The information has generally been taken from the UK monthly magazine Coin News, and is reproduced by the kind permission of
Token Publishing Ltd, PO Box 14, Honiton, Devon EX14 9YP, UK


Condition Grades

The headings F, VF, EF and Unc refer to the condition grades of the coins. A guide to evaluating grades is found on my UK Coin Values Index page.
Proof coins relatively often found are listed, but the absence of a mention does not mean that a proof of that year does not exist.


Sovereign
Gold Pound
Sovereign (again)
Unite
Laurel
Unite (again)
Silver Pound

No values are available for these early hammered coins.

For Post-1817 sovereigns see below.


Broad

No values of these coins are available, although a Broad in EF was recently offered for £7,250.


Guinea


Charles II

Year    F       VF      EF 
1663    3250    10000   35000
1663el  2500    7500
1663b2  6000
1664b2  2000    6500
1664el2 3500    10000   35000
1664b3  900     3000    10000
1664el3 1500    4000    15000
1665    850     2500    11000
1665el  1500    4000    18000
1666    850     2500    11000
1667    850     2500    11000
1668    850     2500    10000
1668el  ex rare
1669    850     2750    10000
1670    850     2500    9500
1671    850     2500    9500
1672b3  850     3000    10000
1672b4  700     2000    6500
1673b3  900     3000    11000
1673b4  700     2000    7000
1674    700     2000    7000
1674ec  ex rare
1675    700     2200    7000
1675ec  800     2500    10000
1676    700     2200    7000
1676ec  800     2500    9000
1677    600     2000    7000
1677el  extremely rare
1677ec  700     2000    9000
1678    650     1800    6500
1678el  ex rare
1678ec  800     2500    10000
1679    650     1800    7000
1679ec  900     2600    10500
1680    650     1800    7000
1680ec  800     2500    10000
1681    750     2000    7000
1681ec  750     2500    10000
1682    750     2000    7000
1682ec  800     2600    11000
1683    650     1800    7000
1683ec  800     2500    10000
1684    700     2000    7000
1684ec  850     2500    10500
b2: bust two
b3: bust three
b4: bust four
el: elephant below bust
el2: elephant below bust 2
el3: elephant below bust 3
ec: elephant and castle below bust


James II

Year    F       VF      EF  
1685    700     2200    8000
1685ec  800     3000    11000
1686b1  800     2600    10000
1686ec1 ex rare
1686b2  700     2000    7500
1686ec2 800     2500    9000
1687    750     2000    7500
1687ec  800     2500    9500
1688    700     2200    7500
1688ec  800     2500    9000
b1: bust one
b2: bust two
ec: elephant and castle below bust
ec1: elephant and castle below bust 1
ec2: elephant and castle below bust 2


William & Mary

Year     F       VF      EF
1689    600     2000    7000
1689ec  600     2000    7000
1690    600     2200    7500
1690ec  800     2500    8500
1691    600     2200    7000
1691ec  650     2200    8000
1692    600     2000    8000
1692el  900     3000    9500
1692ec  650     2500    8000
1693    650     2000    7000
1693el  extremely rare
1693ec  extremely rare
1694    650     2000    7000
1694/3  650     2000    7000
1694ec  700     2200    7250
1694/3ec700     2200    7000
ec: elephant and castle below bust
el: elephant below bust


William III

Year    F       VF      EF
1695    600     1800    6500
1695ec  1000    3000    12000
1696    600     2000    7000
1696ec  extremely rare
1697b1  600     1800    7000
1697b2  550     1800    7000
1697ec2 1400    4500
1698    525     1800    6000
1698ec  525     2000    6000
1699    550     1800    6500
1699ec  extremely rare
1700    550     1750    6000
1700ec  1250    4250
1701b2  550     1750    5500
1701ec  extremely rare
1701b3  1000    3000    10000
b1: bust one
b2: bust two
b3: bust three
ec: elephant and castle below bust
ec2: elephant and castle below bust 2


Anne

Year    F       VF      EF
1702    900     3000    10000
1703V   12500   35000   90000
1705    1000    3000    10000
1706    1000    3000    10000
1707bu  1000    3000    10000
1707au  650     2500    8500
1707ec  750     3000    10000
1707b2  600     2000    8000
1708b1  650     2500    8500
1708b2  550     1800    7500
1708ec  800     3000    10000
1709    500     1800    7000
1709ec  800     2800    8000
1710    650     1600    4500
1711    650     1600    4500
1712    600     1500    4500
1713    550     1400    4250
1714    550     1400    4250
1714A   700     1750    4250
V: VIGO below bust
b1: bust one
b2: bust two
bu: before union
au: after union
ec: elephant and castle below bust
A: No bar in last A in GRATIA

George I

Year    F       VF      EF
1714    1200    3000    9000
1715b2  600     1500    3500
1715b3  500     1500    4000
1716b3  500     1500    3500
1716b4  475     1300    3500
1716h   extremely rare
1717    475     1300    3500
1718    extremely rare
1719    500     1500    3800
1720    500     1500    4000
1721    500     1500    4000
1721ec  extremely rare
1722    500     1400    3750
1722ec  extremely rare
1723b4  525     1400    3850
1723b5  525     1400    4000
1724    525     1300    3850
1725    525     1300    3850
1726    500     1300    3700
1726ec  1750    4200    16000
1727    600     1800    5500
b2: bust two
b3: bust three
b4: bust four
b5: bust five
ec: elephant and castle below bust
h: bust four, Hanoverian shield at date.

George II

Year    F       VF      EF
1727ls  800     2500    9000
1727ss  800     2500    8500
1728    900     2750    8500
1729E   1000    3000    9500
1729    proof ex rare
1730    600     1500    5000
1731    500     1500    4500
1731E   900     2750    8000
1732    700     2500    7500
1732E   800     2500    8500
1732ll  600     1500    5000
1732Ell 900     1800    8000
1733    500     1250    3000
1734    500     1250    3000
1735    500     1250    3000
1736    500     1500    3250
1737    500     1500    3250
1738    500     1500    3500
1739    500     1100    3000
1739E   1200    2800    8500
1740    500     1400    5000
1741/39 800     2400    6250
1743    800     2400    6250
1745    500     1300    4000
1745L   1200    3500    1000
1746    500     1500    3750
1747    400     1000    3000
1748    400     1000    3250
1749    450     1100    3400
1750    400     1000    3250
1751    400     1000    3250
1752    400     1000    3250
1753    400     1000    3250
1755    400     1000    3250
1756    400     1000    3250
1758    400     1000    3250
1759    400     1000    3250
1760    400     1000    2750
ls: large shield
ss: small shield
ll: large lettering
Ell: EIC below bust, large lettering
E: EIC below bust
L: LIMA below bust

George III

Year    F       VF      EF
1761    1800    4500    8500
1763    1200    3500    8000
1764    1000    3000    7000
1765    350     600     1750
1766    350     600     1750
1767    500     800     2200
1768    400     700     1750
1769    400     700     1900
1770    800     1800    3500
1771    400     500     1250
1772    400     500     1250
1773    400     550     1500
1774    375     575     1000
1775    350     550     900
1776    350     550     900
1777    350     550     900
1778    450     900     2400
1779    400     700     1250
1781    350     550     1100
1782    350     550     1100
1783    350     550     1100
1784    350     600     1150
1785    350     600     1100
1786    400     650     1150
1787    325     500     875
1788    325     500     875
1789    325     500     875
1790    325     500     875
1791    325     500     875
1792    325     500     875
1793    325     500     900
1794    325     500     875
1795    325     500     875
1796    325     500     875
1797    325     500     875
1798    325     500     875
1799    325     600     1250
1813    800     1900    4000

Extracted from Coin News April 2014


Sovereign


George III

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1817    500     800     1800    3250
1818    500     800     1800    3500
1819    exceedingly rare
1820    500     775     1750    3200

A good VF specimen of the exceedingly rare 1819 sovereign recently sold at Sothebys for 55,000.


George IV

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1821    450     750     1500    2400
1821    proof                   6250
1822    450     750     1500    2700
1823    1000    2750    7000
1824    500     900     2000    3000
1825t1  700     2000    5000    8000
1825t2  425     700     1200    2350
1826    425     700     1200    2350
1826    proof                   5000
1827    475     750     1500    2700
1828    5000    10000   25000
1829    475     800     1800    2850
1830    475     800     1800    2850

t1: Type 1, date on reverse
t2: Type 2, date under King's head on obverse


William IV

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1831    600     1000    2200    3800
1831    proof                   6250
1832    500     900     2000    3500
1833    500     900     2000    3500
1835    500     900     2000    3500
1836    500     900     2000    3500
1837    525     950     2000    3500

Victoria

Young Head, Shield Reverse

Note that changes in the cost of gold mean that the minimum value of a sovereign varies.

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1838    700     1200    2500    4500
1839    1000    2750    5000    6500
1839    proof                   6000
1841    3250    8000    20000
1842    250     270     500     1200
1843    250     270     500     1200
1843ns  4000    10000
I843    750     1500
1844    250     270     600     1200
1845    250     270     600     1300
1846    250     270     600     1300
1847    225     250     500     1100
1848    225     250     500     1100
1849    225     250     500     1100
1850    225     250     500     1100
1851    225     250     500     1100
1852    225     250     500     1100
1853    225     250     500     1100
1853    proof                   15000
1854    225     250     500     1100
1854lb  225     250     500     1600
1855    225     250     500     1000
1856    225     250     500     1000
1857    225     250     500     1000
1858    225     250     500     1000
1859    225     250     500     1000
1859A   700     1600    7000
1860    225     250     500     1000
1861    225     250     500     1000
1862    225     250     500     1000
1863nd  225     250     500     1000
1863dn  225     250     500     1000
1864    225     250     500     1000
1865    225     250     500     1000
1866    225     250     500     1000
1868    225     250     500     1000
1869    225     250     500     1000
1870    225     250     500     1000
1871s   225     250     500     1000
1872snd 225     250     500     1000
1872sdn 225     250     500     1000
1873s   225     250     500     1000
1874s   1700    4000    9000
Melbourne Mint
1872sM  225     250     500     1000
1873sM  extremely rare
1874sM  225     250     500     1100
1879sM  extremely rare
1880sM  600     1500    3500    9500
1881sM  225     250     500     1500
1882sM  225     250     500     1000
1883sM  225     250     500
1884sM  225     250     500     900
1885sM  225     250     500     900
1886sM  1800    4000    6000    20000
1887sM  600     1350    4500    12000
Sydney Mint
1871sS  225     250     500     1300
1872sS  225     250     500     1500
1873sS  225     250     500     1300
1875sS  225     250     500     1300
1877sS  225     250     500     1300
1878sS  225     250     500     1300
1879sS  225     250     500     1300
1880sS  225     250     500     2000
1881sS  225     250     500     1700
1882sS  225     250     500     1500
1883sS  225     250     500     1100
1884sS  225     250     500     1100
1885sS  225     250     500     1100
1886sS  225     250     500     1100
1887sS  225     250     500     1500
s: shield reverse
dn: die number
nd: no die number
lb: larger bust
A: Ansell type
ns: narrow shield
M: Melbourne
S:Sydney

Young Head, St.George Reverse

Note that recent rises in the cost of gold mean that the minimum value of a sovereign should be 230 pounds.

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1871g   185     200     240     500
1872g   185     200     240     500
1873g   185     200     240     500
1874g   185     200     240     500
1876g   185     200     240     500
1878g   185     200     240     500
1879g   500     1100    4250
1880g   185     200     240     500
1884g   185     200     240     500
1885g   185     200     240     500
Melbourne Mint
1872gM  300     500     1100    4000
1873gM  185     200     240     500
1874gM  185     200     240     500
1875gM  185     200     240     500
1876gM  185     200     240     500
1877gM  185     200     240     500
1878gM  185     200     240     500
1879gM  185     200     240     500
1880gM  185     200     240     500
1881sM  185     200     240     500
1881gM  185     200     240     500
1882gM  185     200     240     500
1883gM  185     200     240     500
1884gM  185     200     240     500
1885gM  185     200     240     500
1886gM  185     200     240     500
1887gM  185     200     240     500
Sydney Mint
1871gS  185     200     240     500
1872gS  185     200     240     500
1873gS  185     200     240     500
1874gS  185     200     240     500
1875gS  185     200     240     500
1876gS  185     200     240     500
1877gS  extremely rare
1879gS  185     200     240     500
1880gS  185     200     240     500
1881gS  185     200     240     500
1882gS  185     200     240     500
1883gS  185     200     240     500
1884gS  185     200     240     500
1885gS  185     200     240     500
1886gS  185     200     240     500
1887gS  185     200     240     500
g: George & Dragon reverse
M: Melbourne
S:Sydney

Jubilee Head

Note that recent rises in the cost of gold mean that the minimum value of a sovereign should be 230 pounds.

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1887    185     200     240     350
1887    proof                   1850
1888    185     200     240     350
1889    185     200     240     350
1890    185     200     240     350
1891    185     200     240     350
1892    185     200     240     350
Melbourne Mint
1887M   185     200     240     350
1888M   185     200     240     350
1889M   185     200     240     350
1890M   185     200     240     350
1891M   185     200     240     350
1892M   185     200     240     350
1893Mj  185     200     240     350
Sydney Mint
1887S   185     400     1000    2500
1888S   185     200     240     350
1889S   185     200     240     350
1890S   185     200     240     350
1891S   185     200     240     350
1892S   185     200     240     350
1893Sj  185     200     240     350
M: Melbourne
S:Sydney

Old Head

Note that recent rises in the cost of gold mean that the minimum value of a sovereign should be 230 pounds.

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1893    185     200     240     300
1893    proof                   2000
1894    185     200     240     300
1895    185     200     240     300
1896    185     200     240     300
1898    185     200     240     300
1899    185     200     240     300
1900    185     200     240     300
1901    185     200     240     300
Melbourne Mint
1893Mo  185     200     240     300
1894M   185     200     240     300
1895M   185     200     240     300
1896M   185     200     240     300
1897M   185     200     240     300
1898M   185     200     240     300
1899M   185     200     240     300
1900M   185     200     240     300
1901M   185     200     240     300
Perth Mint
1899P   220     225     500     1850
1900P   185     200     240     300
1901P   185     200     240     300
Sydney Mint
1893So  185     200     300     450
1894S   185     200     240     300
1895S   185     200     240     300
1896S   185     200     240     300
1897S   185     200     240     300
1898S   185     200     240     300
1899S   185     200     240     300
1900S   185     200     240     300
1901S   185     200     240     300
M: Melbourne
P: Perth
S:Sydney


Edward VII

Note that recent rises in the cost of gold mean that the minimum value of a sovereign should be 230 pounds.

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1902    185     200     240     300
1902    proof           285     500
1903    185     200     240     300
1904    185     200     240     300
1905    185     200     240     300
1906    185     200     240     300
1907    185     200     240     300
1908    185     200     240     300
1909    185     200     240     300
1910    185     200     240     300
Ottawa Mint
1908C   proof extremely rare
1909C   220     225     325     600
1910C   220     225     325     600
Melbourne Mint
1902M   185     200     240     300
1903M   185     200     240     300
1904M   185     200     240     300
1905M   185     200     240     300
1906M   185     200     240     300
1907M   185     200     240     300
1908M   185     200     240     300
1909M   185     200     240     300
1910M   185     200     240     300
Perth Mint
1902P   185     200     240     300
1903P   185     200     240     300
1904P   185     200     240     300
1905P   185     200     240     300
1906P   185     200     240     300
1907P   185     200     240     300
1908P   185     200     240     300
1909P   185     200     240     300
1910P   185     200     240     300
Sydney Mint
1902S   185     200     240     300
1902S   proof ex rare 
1903S   185     200     240     300
1904S   185     200     240     300
1905S   185     200     240     300
1906S   185     200     240     300
1907S   185     200     240     300
1908S   185     200     240     300
1909S   185     200     240     300
1910S   185     200     240     300

George V

Note that recent rises in the cost of gold mean that the minimum value of a sovereign should be 230 pounds.

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1911    185     200     240     300
1911    proof                   700
1912    185     200     240     300
1913    185     200     240     300
1914    185     200     240     300
1915    185     200     240     300
1916    185     200     240     300
1917    1500    4000    11000
1925    185     200     240     300
Ottawa Mint
1911C   185     200     240     400
1913C   275     300     1400
1914C   185     200     700
1916C   Ex Rare
1917C   185     200     240     400
1918C   185     200     240     400
1919C   185     200     240     400
Bombay Mint
1918I   185     200     240
Melbourne Mint
1911M   185     200     240     300
1912M   185     200     240     300
1913M   185     200     240     300
1914M   185     200     240     300
1915M   185     200     240     300
1916M   185     200     240     300
1917M   185     200     240     300
1918M   185     200     240     300
1919M   200     210     300     425
1920M   1200    2000    4000    6500
1921M   4000    7000    10000   20000
1922M   4000    7000    10000   18500
1923M   185     200     240     300
1924M   185     200     240     300
1925M   185     200     240     300
1926M   185     200     240     300
1928M   500     900     1500    3000
1929M   900     1500    2500    4750
1930M   185     200     240     300
1931M   185     200     400     700
Perth Mint
1911P   185     200     240     300
1912P   185     200     240     300
1913P   185     200     240     300
1914P   185     200     240     300
1915P   185     200     240     300
1916P   185     200     240     300
1917P   185     200     240     300
1918P   185     200     240     300
1919P   185     200     240     300
1920P   185     200     240     300
1921P   185     200     240     300
1922P   185     200     240     300
1923P   185     200     240     300
1924P   185     200     240     300
1925P   185     200     240     300
1926P   400     750     1500    3000
1927P   185     200     240     500
1928P   185     200     240     375
1929P   185     200     240     375
1930P   185     200     240     375
1931P   185     200     240     375
Sydney Mint
1911S   185     200     240     300
1912S   185     200     240     300
1913S   185     200     240     300
1914S   185     200     240     300
1915S   185     200     240     300
1916S   185     200     240     300
1917S   185     200     240     300
1918S   185     200     240     300
1919S   185     200     240     300
1920S   ex rare
1921S   500     750     1850    2600
1922S   ex rare
1923S   ex rare
1924S   500     800     1500    2500
1925S   185     200     240     300
1926S   ex rare
Pretoria Mint
1923SA  800     1850    4000    7000
1923SA  proof ex rare
1924SA          2500    5000
1925SA  185     200     240     300
1926SA  185     200     240     300
1927SA  185     200     240     300
1928SA  185     200     240     300
1929SA  185     200     240     300
1930SA  185     200     240     300
1931SA  185     200     240     300
1932SA  185     200     240     300
C: Ottawa, Canada
I: India
M: Melbourne
P: Perth
S: Sydney
SA: Pretoria, South Africa

George VI

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1937    proof only      1500    2100

Elizabeth II

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1953    ex rare
1957    185     200     240     300
1958    185     200     240     300
1959    185     200     240     300
1962    185     200     240     300
1963    185     200     240     300
1964    185     200     240     300
1965    185     200     240     300
1966    185     200     240     300
1967    185     200     240     300
1968    185     200     240     300

For the following sovereigns information is over 6 years old. As a rough guide add 100 GB pounds to each of the following values.

1974                    125     150
1976                    125     150
1978                    125     150
1979                    125     150
1979    proof                   150
1980                            150
1980    proof                   150
1981                            150
1981    proof                   150
1982                            150
1982    proof                   150
1983    proof                   150
1984    proof                   150
1985    proof                   150
1986    proof                   150
1987    proof                   150
1988    proof                   150
1989    proof                   350
1990    proof                   150
1991    proof                   150
1992    proof                   165
1993    proof                   165
1994    proof                   165
1995    proof                   165
1996    proof                   165
1997    proof                   175
1998    proof                   175
1999    proof                   200
2000                            125
2000    proof                   140
2001                            125
2001    proof                   140
2002                            125
2002    proof                   140
2003                            125
2003    proof                   140
2004                            125
2004    proof                   140
2005                            125
2005    proof                   140
2006                            125
2006    proof                   140
2007                            125
2007    proof                   140
2008                            125
2008    proof                   140

Note that recent rises in the cost of gold mean that the minimum value of a sovereign should be about 230 pounds.

1817-1968: extracted from Coin News January 2016; 1970-date: Coin Yearbook 2007.

For Decimal One Pound coins issued from 1983 onwards, see The Decimal One Pound page

The lack of a value for a grade means either that the coin is rarely found in that grade or that it has bullion value only.


Search by reign

One Guinea
Charles II, James II, William & Mary, William III, Anne, George I, George II, George III

Sovereign
George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, George VI, Elizabeth II


Bullion Value

On 29th September 2016 gold bullion was about $1267 per Troy oz (£977). The sovereign contains 0.2354 oz of gold, and this gives a bullion value of 0.2354 1267 = about $299 or £230.

Please note that prices for sovereigns after 1978 given above were valid in 2007 when gold prices were lower. Current bullion values may be available on my Bullion Value page


Links

15s << : >> 30s
Decimal One Pound
Post-1971 Gold
Values Index

History of the One Pound coin (Sovereign & Guinea)
History of the Decimal One Pound coin
Main History Index

Pictures of Sovereigns and Guineas
Pictures Index

Help and Advice


Values of Coins of UK - One Pound
Copyright reserved by the author, Tony Clayton
v61 29th September 2016
Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional