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Rare 200-year-old sovereign put up for sale for £100,000

By Vicky Shaw, Press Association Personal Finance Correspondent

An “extremely rare” sovereign minted in the same year as Queen Victoria’s birth is being put up for sale by the Royal Mint – but those wanting to get their hands on it will need to stump up £100,000.

The gold coin, which was struck in 1819, is being made available through a ballot on July 12.

The sovereign will be offered at a fixed price of £100,000 to reflect its rarity and high quality, the Mint said.

The rare sovereign will be on display at the Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant (Ben Birchall/PA)

To be included in the ballot, people must apply online before June 28 and they will need to have their application approved before the winner, who will pay £100,000, is selected at random.

Ahead of the ballot, the sovereign will be on display at the Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, South Wales, from June 10.

The Royal Mint said the coin has been sourced and verified by its historic coin experts.

The 1819 George III sovereign was one of 3,574 to be struck that year.

Two hundred years later, there are perhaps 10 such pieces left in the world, the Royal Mint said.

Nicola Howell, director of consumer business at the Royal Mint, said: “We know there are people in the UK and beyond who value such treasures.

“Making the coin available to purchase for a fixed price is an incredible opportunity for those who want to own a piece of history.”