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English Sovereign, First Coin of the World


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This presentation is based on the 1990 Howland Wood "Best of Show" award-winning exhibit and discusses the origins, types and historic significance of hammered gold coins. These coins were designated "sovereigns" during the reigns of six English monarchs, beginning with Henry VII in 1489, together with the milled gold sovereigns featuring the portraits of the eight English monarchs from George III through Elizabeth II. Speaker(s): Thomas H. Law.
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