The history of UK Bullion Coins – Sovereign and Britannia

Sovereign of 1817

Although The Royal Mint is enjoying a new focus on bullion, UK bullion coins have hundreds of years of history.

The Royal Mint’s 1,100 year history of producing fine coins make it uniquely placed to offer bullion buyers the security and reassurance that they demand.

The origin of UK bullion, The Gold Sovereign

Quality assured by Act of Parliament, the first gold Sovereign was struck in 1489 by order of King Henry VII and took its name from the regal portrait of the Monarch that appeared on its obverse – a tradition that is observed to this day.

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The Royal Mint expands into the bullion market

Designing and producing coins has been at the heart of The Royal Mint’s responsibilities for over 1,000 years. Here Bullion Sales Manager Nick Bowkett outlines The Royal Mint’s new strategies, designed to help meet increased demand for bullion coins. “2012 promises to be a significant year for the business for two reasons,” explains Nick. “Firstly, … Read more