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The 2020 Pre-decimal 50th Anniversary Gold One-Eighth Sovereign


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  • The world’s first one-eighth sovereign
  • Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Britain’s last pre-decimal coins
  • Features a design inspired by the last pre-decimal English Shilling, the three lions
  • Limited to only 3,999
  • Exclusive to Hattons of London

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A new gold sovereign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Britain’s last pre-decimal coins –  the world’s first one-eighth sovereign!

This year marks fifty years since Britain’s last pre-decimal coins and the end of a thousand years of pounds, shillings and pence. This is an anniversary of great importance: there are now generations who don’t know that twelve pennies could make a shilling, and twenty shillings could make a pound. They have known ONLY decimal coinage – which means centuries of our history and tradition has passed them by.

That’s why it’s important that we remember the pre-decimal coinage.  To convey the importance of this anniversary to the history of British coinage, an entirely new sovereign coin denomination has been struck for the first time; the one-eighth sovereign.

One further feature that makes this new gold one-eighth sovereign coin even more exciting is that it  features a design inspired by the last pre-decimal English Shilling, the three lions. This design has never before been minted on a gold sovereign coin.  This makes it of incredible interest to collectors, as a way to own some of Britain’s most important national symbols from our pre-decimal era, but in solid 22 carat gold!

New gold sovereigns pay tribute to historic pre-decimal designs

This design brings back to life the motifs that once appeared on our everyday coinage, only now in this 50th anniversary year they appear in glorious 22 carat gold.  Authorised by Tristan Da Cunha, and approved by both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Buckingham  Palace, it is a wonderful celebration.

Benefit from the SELL OUT GUARANTEE

Sell Out Guarantee

The 2020 Pre-decimal 50th Anniversary Gold One-Eighth Sovereign is limited to just 3,999 coins, but this is subject to our new SELL OUT GUARANTEE. What this means is that availability of this coin will end on 28th February  2021. At that time, any coins that are unsold will be melted down and verified to that effect.

At that point, we will issue to owners of this coin a new certificate stating the final mintage which may be lower, or possibly considerably lower, than 3,999. If the mintage remains at 3,999 then this means the coins sold out entirely to keen customers, and if not you may have secured for yourself a low mintage rarity.

Either way, there will be little or no surplus of this coin on the secondary market and so the coin you own will be a rarity!

There is a limit of one coin per household at this introductory price.

Additional information

Limit Per Household


Metal type

Solid 22 carat gold


Portrait of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II


Three English lions, inspired by the design of the last English shilling, encased within a shield. An anniversary ribbon either side contains the dates 1970 and 2020.

Issuing Authority

Tristan Da Cunha


Highest possible Proof Quality





Mintage limitation


Payment Information

Coin price: $69.00

Shipping charges: Free


Delivery and Returns Information

Current expected delivery time: SOLD OUT

Returns Information: We offer a 60 day complete satisfaction guarantee in addition to your statutory rights.

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