Great Britain 1981 sovereign

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Goldberg sale 90, lot 3523
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3523 in Goldberg sale 90 (Los Angeles, January 2016), where it sold for $352.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Sovereign, 1981. Elizabeth II. Reverse: St. George slaying the dragon. NGC graded Proof 70 Ultra Cameo." This type of 1974-84 is the second largest issue of sovereigns since George V but these were sold to investors and collectors and not issued for circulation.

Recorded mintage: 5,000,000 plus 33,000 proofs.

Specification: 7.98 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: S-4204; Fr-418; KM-919.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 90: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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