Royal Mint to Hold Ballot for Rare £100,000 George III Sovereign

1819 Sovereign obverse - image © The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint is to hold a ballot for a rare George III Sovereign, selling for a flat fee of £100,000. Struck in 1819, it is one of perhaps only ten such sovereigns known to exist, and will be made available through a ballot on the 12th July 2019.

Ahead of the ballot, the sovereign will be on display in the Royal Mint Experience from 10th June 2019. The sovereign will be offered at a fixed price of £100,000 to reflect its rarity and high quality. To be included in the ballot, collectors must apply online before 28th June 2019 and have their application approved before the winner is selected randomly.


Sourced and verified by The Royal Mint’s historic coin experts, the 1819 George III Sovereign was minted the year Queen Victoria was born, and is one of 3,574 Sovereigns to be struck that year. There are perhaps ten such pieces left in the world, and the highest grade 1819 Sovereign known to exist achieved a price of £186,000 at auction in 2013.

1819 Sovereign reverse – image © The Royal Mint

Its location unknown for 155 years, this coin reappeared in 1974 when the London Evening Standard reported that dealer B.A. Seaby had been offered an 1819 sovereign. Forty years later, the same 1819 Sovereign was acquired by The Royal Mint to present for sale.

Nicola Howell, Director of Consumer Business at The Royal Mint, commented: “Acquiring this incredibly rare Sovereign was a fantastic moment for The Royal Mint. We know there are people in the UK and beyond who value such treasures, making the coin available to purchase for a fixed price is an incredible opportunity for those who want to own a piece of history.”


To be in with a chance of purchasing the 1819 George III Sovereign The Royal Mint is offering for sale, enter the ballot by 28th June 2019.

To register your interest and find out more, follow the link here or contact The Royal Mint Historic Coin experts on 0800 03 22 153.

The Royal Mint Experience – image © The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved to premises on Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage. Today, The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries. The Royal Mint’s Collector Services offers an online identification and certified authentication and valuation service.

The Royal Mint entered the tourism business in 2016 when it opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales. The attraction welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year.

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