Great Britain Fine Sovereign (Elizabeth I) (Fakes are possible)  1550 to 1600
Great Britain Fine Sovereign (Elizabeth I) (Fakes are possible) 1550 to 1600

You have an amazing coin, Kate. If it is genuine, it is worth boatloads of money. These are hammered coinage from Queen Elizabeth I. The reason it is called a 'fine sovereign' is because it contains 30 shillings worth of gold. A 'normal sovereign' contains 20 shillings.

The genuine coin in our main picture (upper left) and the supplementary picture (enlarged, below) comes from Spink in London where it sold for 6000 British pounds (about $9300 US dollars) during a 2015 auction. This gives you and idea of value. Each coin, of course, stands on its own merits. I have seen some sell as high as $25000+ but no lower than $8000.

As always with valuable coins, counterfeits exist. Two pictures appear below. The gold one immediately below is an enlargement of the Spink coin. Below that is a well-known replica in pewter. Usually, before selling, they gild the pewter fakes and then look for novice buyers.

As always, CoinQuest is indebted to Spink for allowing us to use their photo of this amazing coin. Thank you!

The coin above in genuine. The coin below is fake.

Coin: 19386 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Kate, Thu, 11-Jun-2015 07:40:47 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 12-Jun-2015 02:43:54 GMT
Requester description: 1560 Queen Elizabeth sitting on throne holding what appears to be a cross in the left hand and a staff in the right.
On rear is a coat of arms FRA. ET HIB REGINA ELIZABETH D G ANG
Tags: great britain fine sovereign elizabeth i fakes counterfeit 1600 britaain uk brit brittan brittrex brittain england britian britt english britan british britsh britanniarun brilt brittish fino elizabith elizabth elisabetha elizabeths elisabeth eliabeth elisabet elizabet elizebeth elizabeh elizibeth lizabeth replica forger counterfet fake counterfiet reproductions repro reproduction counterfeits replicas forgery fra et hib regina ang est mirab ocvlis nris dno factv reginaf queen sitting sit throne cross hand staff coat arms queem queens sits coats crests insignia crested crest creast column pillar gate sword flower fleur rose rosette floret circle ring shield columns upright sworeds swordlike swords broadsword florets blossom fler fleurs lises leis lisse flur folwers stems trefoils floral lily orchid posy bouquet flowers fllower flour bud lilly bloomed trefoil floer stem flowery lilys fluer fleures pedals flowerettes rosettes rossette roses circled encircle crrcle cirle circlet circles circlr circal citcle encircled ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircles encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed sheild shiled shied chevrons shileld shild escucheon shelid chevron ashield shields




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