Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Royal Mint Sovereign Weights dated 1821


2 Sovereign Weights dated 1821, Royal MINT


The Full Sovereign weight dated 1821 - 5DW 2½GR and the Half Sovereign weight dated 1821 - 2DW 131/8GR

Both the One Sovereign and half sovereign weights have the obverse with ROYAL MINT around a lion passant over crown and the date - 1821

A little background about the the Sovereign gold coin. Iin 1817 a new gold coin of 20 shillings was introduced which became known as the sovereign. It had a weight of 123¼ grains and was made with Crown gold of the usual 22 carats. To measure accurately the weight of the gold sovereign, coin weights were made. Few coin-weights are known for George III. The Royal Mint issued weights dated 1821 and 1823 under George IV.

 

I have both the Royal Mint One Sovereign and Half Sovereign in my collection.

The obverse with ROYAL MINT around a lion passant over crown and the date below. The reverse has CURT (ie 'current') WEIGHT.SOVEREIGN.5D 2½G. The next official issue of weights was under Queen Victoria and these were similar to the previous issue but dated 1842. Similar weights were also made by private individuals with the same obverse but with ONE SOVEREIGN and the maker's name on the reverse.

On the reverse of this issue is 5DW 2½GR in the centre and around the margin CURT WEIGHT SOVEREIGN. There is also a half-sovereign with weight 2DW 131/8GR on the reverse.

As with the earlier guineas there are a large number of privately made weights known. Some are similar to the official issues but with a crown, beehive, rose or other design in the centre with the makers name on the reverse. Common words used at this time are:- CURT . CURRENT . CURRENT STANDARD . WARRANTED . WARRANTED CORRECT.

( http://www.ukdfd.co.uk/ceejays_site/pages/Coinweight3.htm )





On the reverse of this issue is 5DW 2½GR in the centre and around the margin CURT WEIGHT SOVEREIGN. There is also a half-sovereign with weight 2DW 131/8GR on the reverse. As with the earlier guineas there are a large number of privately made weights known. Some are similar to the official issues but with a crown, beehive, rose or other design in the centre with the makers name on the reverse.

Common words used at this time are:- CURT . CURRENT . CURRENT STANDARD . WARRANTED . WARRANTED CORRECT.