An “extremely rare” 200-year-old gold sovereign is being sold by the Royal Mint for  £100,000 – but collectors will expect their luck is in. The Royal Mint claims the George III monarch was one of 3,574 to be hit in 1819 and there are around only 10 left in the world. It claims the coin is being offered via ballot in 12th July at the fixed price, mirroring its rareness and high quality.

Intended buyers will need to apply online before 28 June. They will also require having their application approved before the winner is selected at random. The Royal Mint said the sovereign – punched in the year Queen Victoria was born – has been sourced and confirmed by its historic coin experts.

Director of consumer business at Royal Mint, Nicola Howell, said the coin was an “ incredible opportunity for those who want to own a piece of history”. She said, “we know there are people in the UK and beyond who value such treasures. ” The Royal  Mint, based in Llantrisant, South Wales, is a company owned by the Treasury. It manufactures coins for spreading in the UK and overseas countries, as well as remembrance editions and investment products.

Before it is 1819 monarch will be on display at the Royal Mint Experience visitor center in Llantrisant from 10th June.

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