Rare English Gold Sovereign of Queen Mary | Sovereigns are large, thin gold coins that feature imposing portraits of the respective monarch. The Mary I Gold Sovereign coin was issued under the authority of the first Queen Regnant of England, Mary Tudor (Mary I), daughter of Henry VIII. She was also the the grand-daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain.
The first Gold Sovereign was an English hammered coin first struck in 1489, during the reign of King Henry VII of England (1485-1509). Lord Daubeney & Bartholomew Reed, joint masters & workers of the mint by Royal appointment, were given instructions to create a new gold coin at the "standard fineness" - 958 fine,also known as 23 carat; the standard for gold at the time.