Coin: [gold] Young Victoria full Sovereign, 1876, to the design of William Wyou, depicting George and (2023)

To include: a selection from the library of Birr Castle, Ireland, commissioned by the trustees of the Oxmantown Settlement Trust.

Andrew Sharkey's fishing collection, Seamus Heaney's private tackle collection and property belonging to other key clients.

Including a unique collection of volumes on astronomy, rare photographs of the moon, etc., finely colored picture books on natural history, birds, animals, plants, etc.

Good collection of fishing books, large collection of world travel, scarce maps and atlases, colonial watercolors and drawings by Sir William Young, scarce Irish books by Joyce, Yeats, Heaney, etc.

Rare republican material, including Thomas McPartlin's collection Na Fianna Eireann, G.A.A. and other sports memorabilia including Mick Darcy G.A.A. Collection of medals. About 1,100 parties.

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Catalog Abbreviations: Paintings, Graphics, Artifacts, Furniture, etc.

Name and surname of artist or craftsman: In our opinion, the work of an artist and craftsman. Attributed: Probably the work of an artist or craftsman in our opinion, but less certainty of authorship is expressed than in the previous category.

Studio of: In our opinion, a work created in whole or in part by an artist. Circle: In our opinion, a work from an artist's or craftsman's period that is stylistically similar to that artist's or craftsman's work.

Last name of the artist or craftsman preceded by "Na": In our opinion, a copy of the artist's or craftsman's work.

Signed – Stamped: Has a signature or stamp, which we believe is the signature or stamp of an artist or craftsman.

Bear Signature or Seal: Has a signature or seal that we believe may be the signature or seal of an artist or craftsman.

Dated: This much is dated and made around that date in our opinion.

Bear Date: It is so dated and we believe it was executed around that date.


O.O.C. Oil on canvas O .O.P. Oil on panel

O.O.B. Oil on board W/C watercolor

GOU Gouache MAH Mahonie

VICT. Victorian ED W. Edwardian

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WAF With all defects As With all damages, defects, restorations, etc.

S.N.S.R. Sold without return..

O.R.M. Newer production,

Catalog abbreviations; Books and manuscripts

mls Handwritten letters signed

signed as signed letters

acs autographed cards signed

pb paperback

for example All edges gilded

for example Upper edge gilded

w.a.f. Sa svim manama

As with all damages, errors, restorations.

Like many, with all the flaws, as it is

Library stamps L.S.s

S.N.S.R. Sold not subject to return

Exp. Published

f.e.p. Front paper

mother Morocco

n.d. No date

n.p. There's no room

dj protective sleeve

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LP Big paper

h.m.p. Handmade paper

will velum

hf. pole

i.e. Protective covers

I.M.C. Irish m/s commission

A.M.S Coat of arms motif on the back

sequel to Moderna

wet. It does not affect the text

Frontispis frontispis

end. Engraved

cold. In color

hd. Ruka

garden. Portrait

N.B.: Please note that the auctioneers do not give a guarantee after the sale
anything, relating to mechanical and electrical items, or
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We recommend that any prospective purchaser inspect the lots prior to purchase or have a representative do so on their behalf. Any condition report provided by the auctioneer prior to the auction is opinion based and should not be construed as a final determination of fact.

Any subsequent questions or disputes arising from condition reports given prior to the auction will not be resolved.

Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers reserves the right to withdraw or amend the lot prior to the auction without notice. Such affected lots will be announced on the day of the auction. The auction manager reserves the right to reject bids from potential bidders.

N.B. All purchased lots, pending collection, are held at the buyer's risk from the fall of the auction hammer.

Although the auctioneer endeavors to answer buyers' questions, we accept no responsibility for any inaccuracy of auction results given verbally on the day of the sale.

We recommend that customers do not send such inquiries before the sale has ended.



All properties are sold "as is", with all faults, without any representation or warranty of any kind by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers or the seller. Buyers are responsible for checking the condition of the property and items listed in the catalog.

All statements made by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, whether oral or written elsewhere, are statements of opinion and should not be relied upon as statements of fact. Such statements do not constitute any representation, warranty or acceptance of liability of any kind by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. References in a catalog item or condition report to damage or repair are guidelines only and should be evaluated by personal inspection by the bidder or professional representative. The absence of such a reference does not mean that the item has no defects or repairs, nor does reference to certain defects mean the absence of others. Retail price estimates should not be used as a representation that this is the price at which an item will sell or its value for any other purpose. All dimensions are approximate.

In the case of wine and spirits, Fonsie Mealy auctioneers make every effort to indicate the accuracy of the levels. These levels can be changed between cataloging and selling. Any potential buyer should consider the risk of cork failure. Auctioneers will not negotiate price or return purchases, nor will exchanges be provided in the event of breakage or misdescription. Labels can always show stains or tears. Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers reserve the right to open original boxes prior to sale to describe levels and condition.


A special note about firearms

A special license or permit must be secured for purchased firearms before they can be removed from our premises. Contact your local Gardai.

Shipping antique firearms and weapons to destinations, especially outside the EU, requires compliance with strict regulations. We recommend that prospective customers seek advice from our designated forwarding company regarding these matters, Mail Boxes Etc, Dublin, Tel. 01.6710400 info@mbedublin or pack and post Belfast Tel ;+44 (0) 2890 219003

All scrapped and unfired firearms are sold as is and the auctioneer assumes no responsibility for subsequent re-commissioning and use by the buyer and for any regulations or permits that may then apply.

The lots fall under C.I.T.E.S. cannot be sold to customers in countries outside the European Union (E.U.) License to sell such items outside the EU. for export is very limited / most likely not available.

From time to time, digital equipment is used to display items for sale at auction. This service is only a reminder to the customer of the previously viewed items during the viewing day.

We do not guarantee the quality of the item viewed, the accuracy of the digital image, or guarantee that the item shown is the one for sale. Disputes arising as a result of the display of a digital image will not be resolved.

Live Bidding is subject to occasional interruptions and loss of connection and audio/digital video streaming. These are technical problems over which the auctioneer has no control. We assume no responsibility for missed, incorrect or omitted bids as a result of the above.

Limited collection available on sale day at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin - until Wednesday 31st May, 7pm.

All purchased items are then taken to our Castlecomer sales area for collection

Collection is possible from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the following working day. Download is not possible on weekends.

Please collect all purchased items no later than Friday, June 9, 2023

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We ask overseas customers to arrange collection and delivery as soon as possible and no later than Friday 9 June 2023.

We recommend the following shipping companies to assist you with pickup and shipping.

Contact them directly for a shipping quote, delivery schedule, etc.

For; Pictures, books and manuscripts:

Mail Coaches, etc., Dublin. Tel. 01.6710400 E-mail

Packing and Shipping Belfast .Tel ;+44 (0) 2890 219003

Crowd:0863881072| 0862545191 Dublin area only

TonyBuggy- 087-9195755, alleen Cork / Limerick

For larger items.

Oldcastle Transport Limited

Telephone; 087.7987784

McCann's Removals and Storage Durrow, Co. Laois.

Tel: +353 (0)57 8736596 E-mail:

Carlyle Fine Art-services; Dublin. Phone; 087.2890898 Email

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How much is a 1876 gold Sovereign worth? ›

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How much is a young Victoria Sovereign worth? ›

The Young Head sovereign, of course, depicted Queen Victoria as a young lady, and this particular coin is the most valuable of the regularly traded and easily accessible bullion gold sovereigns, with a value of around £300 apiece.

How much is a Sovereign gold coin worth? ›

QTYNet Per UnitGross Per Unit
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How much is a gold Queen Victoria coin worth? ›

QTYNet Per UnitGross Per Unit
1+£490.00 £480.20£490.00 £480.20
2+£488.10 £478.30£488.10 £478.30
5+£486.50 £476.70£486.50 £476.70
10+£482.90 £473.20£482.90 £473.20
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What is the most sought after gold sovereign? ›

George III Sovereigns have proved to be the most valuable due to their scarcity, with one fetching £186,000 at auction. The sovereign was discontinued during the start of the First World War in 1914.

What is the difference between a gold sovereign and a double sovereign? ›

Gold Double Sovereign Specifications

This equates to a pure gold weight of 14.85 grams or . 4708 troy ounces of pure gold. Double Sovereigns offer twice the amount of gold as their smaller cousin, the 'full' Sovereign, which weighs 7.98 grams.

What is the rarest Queen Victoria sovereign? ›

1839 Sovereigns are among the rarest of these gold coins ever issued for circulation by the Royal Mint. Just 503,695 Sovereigns were struck at Tower Hill, London in this year: much fewer than in 1838, the first year of issue under Victoria, when some 2,718,694 were minted.

How to sell gold sovereigns? ›

Since the Sovereign can carry a numismatic value as well as its value in gold, it's best to sell your Sovereign gold coins to a reputable gold dealer. This will ensure you receive a fair price that reflects the gold content and the numismatic value of the coin.

How much is a British sovereign coin worth? ›

Gold Sovereign coins have a face value of £1, this means it's legal tender value is technically £1. The true value of a Sovereign however is calculated by multiplying its gold content - 7.3224 grams - by the gold spot price.

What year gold sovereigns are rare? ›

1819 George III Gold Sovereign

The 1819 Sovereign is another example of an exceedingly rare British coin that has fascinated collectors since its inception. This is primarily because the coin was never produced on a large scale. Only 3,574 coins were struck, all from gold supplied by private merchants.

How much is a sovereign worth in US dollars? ›

AmountToday at 6:40 pm
1 CSOV$0.0050
5 CSOV$0.0249
10 CSOV$0.0498
50 CSOV$0.2488
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Is gold sovereign Real gold? ›

The sovereign is a British gold coin with a nominal value of one pound sterling (£1) and contains 0.2354 troy oz of pure gold. Struck since 1817, it was originally a circulating coin that was accepted in Britain and elsewhere in the world; it is now a bullion coin and is sometimes mounted in jewellery.

What carat gold is a Victorian sovereign? ›

What carat is a gold Sovereign? Gold Sovereigns are made of 22 carat gold. They have a fineness of 916.7, meaning that out of one thousand parts, 91.67% is pure gold. The remaining 8.33% is copper, except for certain Victorian Sovereigns which also contain a small amount of silver.

What are the rarest gold dollars? ›

The type 2 Indian Princess coins are the scarcest of the $1 gold coins today. In fact, only about 2 million of the type two coins were ever struck. The rarest of these coins is the 1855-D (Dahlonega).

What is the difference between gold and sovereign gold? ›

Unlike physical gold, SGBs are a safe investment option as it is dematerialised and, it is devoid of risks of loss involved in hazards of safekeeping or storing of gold, issues around making charges of jewellery and purity of gold purchased.

Do gold sovereigns hold their value? ›

Gold sovereigns minted in 1604 or before are highly desirable due to their scarcity and rarity value. Bigger and heavier than today's sovereign and made from purer 23-carat gold, their prices are not affected by the market price of gold and they can fetch thousands.

What type of gold holds its value best? ›

Gold Bars. This is the form of gold bullion that has the most value. Gold bars can range from 1 ounce to a few kilos. One can get as much value in a gold bar as one can afford.

How do I know if my sovereign is full or half? ›

Dimensions of the Half-Sovereign and Sovereign

The dimensions of the modern half-sovereign include a diameter of 19.30 mm and a thickness of 0.99mm. On the other hand, the full sovereign has a diameter of 22.05 mm and a thickness of 1.52 mm.

How much gold is in a full sovereign? ›

Each sovereign contains 7.32 grams of fine gold. The bullion value of your Sovereign is found by multiplying the fine gold content by the spot price at that time.

Are Queen Victoria coins worth anything? ›

The Queen Victoria Sovereign coin is highly collectible, but other gold and silver Victorian coin types include the shilling, florin and crown.

How much does a Queen Victoria gold coin weigh? ›

Queen Victoria 'Jubilee Head' Gold Sovereign Coin, depicting Queen Victoria wearing the Jubilee Crown with the traditional George & Dragon scene on the obverse. Issued between 1887 - 1893 inclusively, each Victoria Jubilee Head Sovereign is struck in 22 carat gold, with an overall coin weight of 7.98 grams.

Why are Sovereigns pink? ›

Modern full Sovereigns are struck to the same specifications as they were in 1817: 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold. A trace of copper strengthens the Sovereign and lends it a distinct pinkish tone.

Can I sell my gold coins to a bank? ›

Banks Do Not Accept the Gold Coins Back

This means that you will have to find a jeweler or a pawn shop to sell your gold coins. Also, the jeweler will accept your gold coins at the market price, which is always lower than the price at which you bought them from the banks.

What is the easiest way to sell gold? ›

Selling your gold to a local jewelry store is usually the safest option. You can easily check the rating of each place and make sure you're dealing with a reputable company.

Can you sell sovereign gold Bond? ›

Did you know? Gold bonds are tradable on exchanges and can also be sold in the secondary market, but their liquidity may be limited.

Are sovereigns worth more than gold? ›

All Sovereigns will have a base value as pure gold bullion, but many collectible coins will far exceed this price. For example, the King George III 1819 Sovereign - of which only ten are now known to exist. As a result of their scarcity they command extraordinary prices, even when in relatively poor condition.

Are sovereign coins pure gold? ›

All Sovereigns have a fineness of 916.7, meaning out of 1000 parts, that is how many are pure gold, or a purity of 91.67%. This has been the purity and weight of gold Sovereigns since 1817, when the coin was reintroduced to Britain.

Do they still make sovereign coins? ›

The Sovereign

The Royal Mint struck the first gold Sovereign in 1489 and since then it has survived retirement, rebirth and reform to become the most trusted bullion coin in existence.

Are gold sovereigns 24k? ›

A gold sovereign coin is minted in 22ct gold, which means it is made up of 91.67% fine gold. Each sovereign contains 7.32 grams of fine gold.

How much does a George V gold sovereign weigh? ›

All official Royal Mint Sovereigns are minted in 22ct gold and have been so since the original “modern” design was issued in 1817. The coins weigh 7.98g, of which 7.32g is gold and they have a diameter of 22.05mm.

What do the letters mean on a gold sovereign? ›

Gold sovereigns contain a mintmark to distinguish the coins produced in London to those produced in the other branches of the Royal Mint. This mintmark is simply a letter, that symbolises the city or country of origin (eg: S for Sydney branch).

Do banks still carry gold dollars? ›

Some U.S. banks do sell gold bars and coins as well as silver coins, but the vast majority of U.S. banks do not make gold or silver available to the public. Banks usually avoid selling precious metals because of their price fluctuations.

What is the most beautiful US gold coin? ›

The Saint-Gaudens double eagle is a twenty-dollar gold coin, or double eagle, produced by the United States Mint from 1907 to 1933. The coin is named after its designer, the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who designed the obverse and reverse. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful of U.S. coins.

How can you tell if a gold dollar coin is rare? ›

Inspect the Mintmark

The date and mintmark are the easiest way to diagnose valuable rare coins. Errors in these two key areas can still be found in circulation, and they could score you a fortune. Re-punched or over-punched mint marks are one winning discovery, as is doubled text.

What is the rarest coin to collect? ›

1849 Double Eagle Gold Coin

With just one coin currently in existence, the gold 1849 Double Eagle is considered the rarest and most valuable coin in U.S. history. It's one of just two trial pieces that marked the era of the $20 coins, which were nicknamed Double Eagles.

What is the most sought after coin? ›

1893 Morgan Silver Dollar: $551,272

Quite a few Morgan Silver Dollars were minted from 1878 to 1904 and 1921, but they still hold a top spot on the most expensive coins ever sold on eBay, with many examples going for thousands of dollars.

What is the most expensive rare coin ever sold? ›

List of most expensive coins
$5,000,00019131913 Liberty Head nickel - 5 cents
$4,780,000723Umayyad Gold Dinar
$4,750,0001907Saint-Gaudens double eagle - Ultra High Relief
$4,174,95042 BCAureus of Marcus Junius Brutus
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How much is a 1867 gold Sovereign worth? ›

Sales History
November/2021PCGS MS61GBP 675
November/2021PCGS AU58AUD 950
January/2021NGC AU DetailsUSD 420
June/2020PCGS MS62AUD 2440
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What year is the rarest gold Sovereign? ›

1819 George III Gold Sovereign

The 1819 Sovereign is another example of an exceedingly rare British coin that has fascinated collectors since its inception. This is primarily because the coin was never produced on a large scale. Only 3,574 coins were struck, all from gold supplied by private merchants.

How much is a 1878 M gold Sovereign worth? ›

1878 Gold Sovereign - Victoria Young Head - M - $914.90.

How much is a 1871 gold Sovereign worth? ›

QTYNet Per UnitGross Per Unit

Can you sell a gold sovereign? ›

Since the Sovereign can carry a numismatic value as well as its value in gold, it's best to sell your Sovereign gold coins to a reputable gold dealer. This will ensure you receive a fair price that reflects the gold content and the numismatic value of the coin.

How can you tell if a coin is gold Sovereign? ›

Most gold Sovereign coins were produced in London, and since the 1970s in Llantrisant, South Wales. These coins are unmarked, but many had a small mark above year of production to indicate their origin. On some rarer coins these mint marks appear beneath a monarch's neck, a wreath or a shield, as shown below.

Why are some gold sovereigns worth more than others? ›

This is because a Sovereign is considered a 'semi-numismatic' coin: a coin whose value is partly determined by demand from collectors. Collectors will determine the value of a coin based on factors such as rarity, grade and condition, as well as the material value of its precious metal content.

What karat gold is a sovereign? ›

Modern Sovereigns weigh 7.99 grams in total. The Gold content is 7.32 grams or 0.916 of the coin. The coins are therefore . 916 pure or 22 carat.

How much is a 1891 gold sovereign worth today? ›

1891 Gold Sovereign - Victoria Jubilee Head - S - $814.30.

How much is a 1871 $3 gold piece worth? ›

1871 3 Dollar Gold Coin Value

According to the NGC Price Guide, as of May 2023, a 3 Dollar Gold Coin from 1871 in circulated condition is worth between $700 and $6250. However, on the open market 1871 3 Dollar Coins in pristine, uncirculated condition sell for as much as $80000.


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