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1. a person exercising supreme authority, esp a monarch
2. a former British gold coin worth one pound sterling
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a gold coin of Great Britain, first minted in 1489 and originally containing 15.47 g of pure gold. After Great Britain adopted the gold standard in 1816, the sovereign became the basic monetary unit, equal in weight to one pound sterling (7.32 g of pure gold). Minting of the sovereign for internal circulation was discontinued in 1917, but the coin is still for sale on the international gold market.

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