Rare gold sovereign from 1835 discovered

A COIN considered little more than a curious trinket could end up netting its Yoxall owner several thousand pounds.

The 1835 William IV gold full sovereign had been encased in a glass mount which has become so tarnished the condition of the coin was impossible to see.

So the owner took the sovereign and a number of other coins to one of Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ weekly free Tuesday valuation days at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park.

Upon investigating the haul, expert Phil Bridge was able to tell the gobsmacked owner that his ‘trinket’ is worth around £1,200 – possibly more.

“Not only is it a full gold sovereign, it is low mintage – only 723,000 was made,” said Mr Bridge.

“It was mounted in between glass which was so scratched it was impossible to see the condition.

“With further investigation, we discovered the coin is in beautiful condition – after all, it’s been protected by the glass for years.”

Furthermore, the sovereign was among a veritable treasure trove of other gold coins.

They are all coming up for sale in Richard Winterton’s Coins, Medals and Militaria Sale at The Lichfield Auction Centre from noon on January 22.

Other collectables in the sale include a Kew Gardens 50p, an EEC 1992/1993 50p – the rarest 50p of the 20th century – and a substantial amount of hammered coins dating back to the 14th century.


Richard Winterton’s next three-day sale takes place on January 22-24 and incorporates the specialist coins, medals and militaria section at 12pm on the Tuesday.

The main sale begins with jewellery at 9.30am.

Viewing for all lots is on Saturday, January 19 from 9.30am until midday, Monday, January 21 from 9am-4pm and on the day of sale from 8.30am.

Phil Bridge carries out free valuations of coins, medals and militaria at The Lichfield Auction Centre every Tuesday between 9am and noon.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers also offers free valuations of jewellery, antiques and other collectables at the Wood End Lane auction centre on Tuesdays from 9.30am-4pm.

Free, no obligation home visits are available for large collections or big items. Telephone 01543 251081 or email office@richardwinterton.co.uk.

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