The Shipwreck Sovereign
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The Shipwreck Sovereign - Own the coin that spent over 100 years on the seabed


The Shipwreck Sovereign - Own the coin that spent over 100 years on the seabed

• A genuine Sovereign from the RMS Douro shipwreck

• The coins were locked in the ship’s bullion room and sat on the seabed for over 100 years

• Minted in London, Melbourne and Sydney, they had been collected from a Lisbon bank and were never circulated

• Very limited stock available

Why I recommend the Shipwreck Sovereign…

In Victorian times, the Sovereign was recognised and used around the world, so it had to be transported by sea in large quantity. The RMS Douro left Lisbon on route from Rio de Janeiro to Southampton on 31 March 1882, but she never made it to port. The Douro was struck by a Spanish passenger ship and both vessels sunk within half an hour.

The Douro was carrying almost thousands of Victorian Young Head Sovereigns. They remained safely in the ship’s bullion room on the seabed for over 100 years until they were recovered in 1995. When they were auctioned the following year, they raised over £1.5m and are now seen as one of the most fascinating Sovereigns you could hope to own.

Alex Hanrahan, Managing Consultant

The Shipwreck Sovereign

Price £1,495.00 (+ £7.99 p&p)
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Price £1,495.00 (+ £7.99 p&p)


  • Years of Issue: 1843-1880
  • Country of Issue: UK & Australia
  • Metal: 22 Carat Gold
  • Diameter: 22.05mm
  • Weight: 7.98g
  • Obverse: Victoria Young Head
  • Reverse: Shield Back

Numismatic pieces should be owned primarily for collector interest.
CPM does not offer them as an investment and makes no guarantees in terms of future value.

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