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Article: Crown gold

Crown gold

Crown Gold in England

  • The alloying metal in England is traditionally restricted to copper.
  • Copper is used for the current British gold sovereign.
  • In 1887, 1.25% silver replaced copper in the gold sovereigns to improve the effigy of Queen Victoria.
  • Copper and silver have been used in varying proportions elsewhere.

Crown Gold in Circulating Coins

  • Until 1834, gold circulating coins in the United States were minted in 22 kt crown gold.
  • From 1834, the fineness of U.S. coin gold decreased to 0.8992 fine and in 1837 to 0.900 fine.
  • The 90% gold-copper alloy continued in the U.S. until gold coins were removed from circulation in 1933.
  • The South African Krugerrand, produced since 1967, uses the traditional crown gold recipe.
  • The Krugerrand was originally intended for circulation as currency.

Crown Gold in Bullion Coins

  • Most current gold coinage is intended as bullion and not designed for circulation.
  • Gold bullion coins are commonly 24 kt, 0.999, 0.9999, or even 0.99999 fine.
  • Some bullion coins, like the British sovereign, Krugerrand, and American Gold Eagles, follow the crown gold standard.

The Great Debasement (related topic)

  • The Great Debasement is a related topic to crown gold.


  • Dodd, Agnes (1911). History of Money in the British Empire & the United States.
  • Discover the Sovereign. The Royal Mint.
  • American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins. U.S. Mint.

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