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GREAT BRITAIN, KING GEORGE V, GOLD SOVEREIGNS 1911-1925, CIRCULATION ISSUES

Category: World Coins
Owner: TMS Coins
Last Modified: 4/5/2014
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GREAT BRITAIN, KING GEORGE V, GOLD SOVEREIGNS 1911-1925, CIRCULATION ISSUES.



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View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1902-70 1SOV 1911 NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, GEORGE V GOLD SOVEREIGN 1911
(Marsh 213; S 3996).

OBVERSE: The King's bare head facing left. Designed by Edgar Bertram Mackennal.
REVERSE: St. George mounted and slaying Dragon with sword. Date at the bottom with small letters B.P. to right.
DIAMETER: 22.05mm.
WEIGHT: 7.9987g ( 0.9170 gold).
FINENESS: 22 Carat.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 30,044,105.
RATING: C (M.Marsh).

GEORGE V, SOVEREIGN, 1911

George V, Sovereign, 1911, bare head left, rev St George slaying dragon with sword, date in exergue, 7.99g (Marsh 213; MCE 639; S 3996). Calendar year mintage 30,044,105. Another record-breaking output year for the Mint appropriately for the first year of the new coinage of King George V. The coinage of the reign of King George V features a bare head portrait of the King facing to the left by the Australian sculptor, Edgar Bertram Mackennal (12 June 1863 – 10 October 1931), whose initials appear on the truncation of the bust and with the titles georgivs v d: g: britt: omn: rex f : d : ind : imp : Mackennal was famed for his artistic sculptures, but became more numismatically interesting, as the designer of the Olympic Medals for the London Olympic Games of 1908. This led to the commission for the Coronation Medallion for King George V, and he then successfully won the commission for the coinage and for postage stamp portraits. One other Royal commission was to design the tomb for King Edward VII at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. He was also the first Australian citizen to be knighted, in 1921 and was admitted to the Royal Academy in 1922. For the Sovereign the classic St George and dragon design continues engraved, after Pistrucci with his initials in the exergue, and amazingly still featuring the tiny wwp under the lance for William Wellesley Pole from his days of the Master-ship of the Mint circa 1820. Had the London Mint continued to produce gold Sovereigns from 1928, like some of the Colonial Mints did, then a smaller portrait of George V would no doubt have appeared as at Melbourne, Perth and Pretoria. More significantly, the reverses of these Colonial small head pieces are revised and the wwp initials disappear at last.

KING GEORGE V

The Reign of King George V (House of Windsor) : 1910-1936.
Born: 3 June 1865.
Accession: 6 May 1910.
Married: Mary of Teck, 6 July 1893.
Coronation: Thursday, 22 June 1911.
Second Coronation as Emperor of India at the Delhi Durbar: Tuesday, 12 December 1911.
Children: five sons, one daughter.
Died: 20 January 1936, aged 70.

1911 GOLD SOVEREIGN MS 64

Choice mint state with beautiful gold color, detailed strike and flushy luster.
Purchased from ebay 4 October 2010.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1902-70 1SOV 1913 NGC MS 64 GT. BRITAIN, GEORGE V GOLD SOVEREIGN 1913
(Marsh 215; S 3996).

OBVERSE: The King's bare head facing left. Designed by Edgar Bertram Mackennal.
REVERSE: St. George mounted and slaying Dragon with sword. Date at the bottom with small letters B.P. to right.
DIAMETER: 22.05mm.
WEIGHT: 7.9987g ( 0.9170 gold).
FINENESS: 22 Carat.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 24,539,672.
RATING: C (M.Marsh).

GEORGE V, SOVEREIGN, 1913

The coinage of the reign of King George V features a bare head portrait of the King facing to the left by the Australian sculptor, Edgar Bertram Mackennal (12 June 1863 – 10 October 1931), whose initials appear on the truncation of the bust and with the titles georgivs v d: g: britt: omn: rex f : d : ind : imp : Mackennal was famed for his artistic sculptures, but became more numismatically interesting, as the designer of the Olympic Medals for the London Olympic Games of 1908. This led to the commission for the Coronation Medallion for King George V, and he then successfully won the commission for the coinage and for postage stamp portraits. One other Royal commission was to design the tomb for King Edward VII at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. He was also the first Australian citizen to be knighted, in 1921 and was admitted to the Royal Academy in 1922. For the Sovereign the classic St George and dragon design continues engraved, after Pistrucci with his initials in the exergue, and amazingly still featuring the tiny wwp under the lance for William Wellesley Pole from his days of the Master-ship of the Mint circa 1820. Had the London Mint continued to produce gold Sovereigns from 1928, like some of the Colonial Mints did, then a smaller portrait of George V would no doubt have appeared as at Melbourne, Perth and Pretoria. More significantly, the reverses of these Colonial small head pieces are revised and the wwp initials disappear at last.

KING GEORGE V

The Reign of King George V (House of Windsor) : 1910-1936.
Born: 3 June 1865.
Accession: 6 May 1910.
Married: Mary of Teck, 6 July 1893.
Coronation: Thursday, 22 June 1911.
Second Coronation as Emperor of India at the Delhi Durbar: Tuesday, 12 December 1911.
Children: five sons, one daughter.
Died: 20 January 1936, aged 70.

1913 GOLD SOVEREIGN MS 64

Choice mint state with beautiful gold color, detailed strike and flushy luster.
NGC: Highest grade.
Purchased from ebay 2 December 2012.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1902-70 1SOV 1914 ex BENTLEY COLLECTION NGC MS 65 GT. BRITAIN, GEORGE V GOLD SOVEREIGN 1914
(Marsh 216; S 3996).

OBVERSE: The King's bare head facing left. Designed by Edgar Bertram Mackennal.
REVERSE: St. George mounted and slaying Dragon with sword. Date at the bottom with small letters B.P. to right.
DIAMETER: 22.05mm.
WEIGHT: 7.9887g ( 0.9170 gold).
FINENESS: 22 Carat.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 11,501,117
RATING: C (M.Marsh).

GEORGE V, SOVEREIGN, 1914
ex THE BENTLEY COLLECTION OF BRITISH MILLED GOLD SOVEREIGNS.

George V, Sovereign, 1914, bare head left, rev St George slaying dragon with sword, date in exergue, 7.99g (Marsh 216; MCE 642; S 3996). Ex Randy Weir Numismatics, Unionville, Ontario, Canada, purchased 25 March 1992. Calendar year mintage 11,501,117. Mintage of gold still continued to be high even though World War I commenced during this year. Following the outbreak the Government issued Treasury banknotes to the value of Sovereigns and Half-Sovereigns ,which were convertible to gold on demand at the Bank of England. However the public were encouraged not to do this, as the gold was no doubt needed elsewhere for purchases of vital supplies from overseas. The coinage of the reign of King George V features a bare head portrait of the King facing to the left by the Australian sculptor, Edgar Bertram Mackennal (12 June 1863 – 10 October 1931), whose initials appear on the truncation of the bust and with the titles georgivs v d: g: britt: omn: rex f : d : ind : imp :. Mackennal was famed for his artistic sculptures, but became more numismatically interesting, as the designer of the Olympic Medals for the London Olympic Games of 1908. This led to the commission for the Coronation Medallion for King George V, and he then successfully won the commission for the coinage and for postage stamp portraits. One other Royal commission was to design the tomb for King Edward VII at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. He was also the first Australian citizen to be knighted, in 1921 and was admitted to the Royal Academy in 1922. For the Sovereign the classic St George and dragon design continues engraved, after Pistrucci with his initials in the exergue, and amazingly still featuring the tiny wwp under the lance for William Wellesley Pole from his days of the Master-ship of the Mint circa 1820. Had the London Mint continued to produce gold Sovereigns from 1928, like some of the Colonial Mints did, then a smaller portrait of George V would no doubt have appeared as at Melbourne, Perth and Pretoria. More significantly, the reverses of these Colonial small head pieces are revised and the wwp initials disappear at last.

KING GEORGE V

The Reign of King George V (House of Windsor) : 1910-1936.
Born: 3 June 1865.
Accession: 6 May 1910.
Married: Mary of Teck, 6 July 1893.
Coronation: Thursday, 22 June 1911.
Second Coronation as Emperor of India at the Delhi Durbar: Tuesday, 12 December 1911.
Children: five sons, one daughter.
Died: 20 January 1936, aged 70.

1914 GOLD SOVEREIGN MS 65

A true GEM with excellent provenance.
NGC Pop 2 with none grading higher.
ex BENTLEY COLLECTION. Purchased at A.H. BALDWIN Auction 73, 8 May 2012, lot 360. Self submitted.


View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1902-70 1SOV 1915 NGC MS 65 GT. BRITAIN, GEORGE V GOLD SOVEREIGN 1915
(Marsh 217; S 3996).

OBVERSE: The King's bare head facing left. Designed by Edgar Bertram Mackennal.
REVERSE: St. George mounted and slaying Dragon with sword. Date at the bottom with small letters B.P. to right.
DIAMETER: 22.05mm.
WEIGHT: 7.9887g ( 0.9170 gold).
FINENESS: 22 Carat.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 20,295,280
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1902-70 1SOV 1916 NGC MS 65 GT. BRITAIN, GEORGE V GOLD SOVEREIGN 1916
(Marsh 218; S 3996).

OBVERSE: The King's bare head facing left. Designed by Edgar Bertram Mackennal.
REVERSE: St. George mounted and slaying Dragon with sword. Date at the bottom with small letters B.P. to right.
DIAMETER: 22.05mm.
WEIGHT: 7.998g ( 0.9170 gold).
FINENESS: 22 Carat.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 1,014,714
RATING: R (M.Marsh).

GEORGE V, SOVEREIGN, 1916

Two years into war and still over one million Sovereigns were produced for the reserves of the Bank of England. Most of the 1916 issue and nearly all of the following 1917 issue were exported to America in lieu of payments. They were held probably at Fort Knox for many years until the USA passed the Gold Reserve Act at the time of the Great Depression in 1934, when all coin was converted to bars. The coinage of the reign of King George V features a bare head portrait of the King facing to the left by the Australian sculptor, Edgar Bertram Mackennal (12 June 1863 – 10 October 1931), whose initials appear on the truncation of the bust and with the titles GEORGIVS V D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: Mackennal was famed for his artistic sculptures, but became more numismatically interesting, as the designer of the Olympic Medals for the London Olympic Games of 1908. This led to the commission for the Coronation Medallion for King George V, and he then successfully won the commission for the coinage and for postage stamp portraits. One other Royal commission was to design the tomb for King Edward VII at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. He was also the first Australian citizen to be knighted, in 1921 and was admitted to the Royal Academy in 1922. For the Sovereign the classic St George and dragon design continues engraved, after Pistrucci with his initials in the exergue, and amazingly still featuring the tiny wwp under the lance for William Wellesley Pole from his days of the Master-ship of the Mint circa 1820. Had the London Mint continued to produce gold Sovereigns from 1928, like some of the Colonial Mints did, then a smaller portrait of George V would no doubt have appeared as at Melbourne, Perth and Pretoria. More significantly, the reverses of these Colonial small head pieces are revised and the wwp initials disappear at last.

KING GEORGE V

The Reign of King George V (House of Windsor) : 1910-1936.
Born: 3 June 1865.
Accession: 6 May 1910.
Married: Mary of Teck, 6 July 1893.
Coronation: Thursday, 22 June 1911.
Second Coronation as Emperor of India at the Delhi Durbar: Tuesday, 12 December 1911.
Children: five sons, one daughter.
Died: 20 January 1936, aged 70.

1916 GOLD SOVEREIGN MS 65

A true GEM with bold strike, perfect surfaces and satiny luster.
A rare quality for a rare date.
NGC: Pop 3 with none grading higher.
Ex Northeast Numismatics, Concord MA, USA, purchased 25 March 2012.
View Coin   GREAT BRITAIN 1902-70 1SOV 1925 NGC MS 66 GT. BRITAIN, GEORGE V GOLD SOVEREIGN 1925
(Marsh 220; S 3996).

OBVERSE: The King's bare head facing left. Designed by Edgar Bertram Mackennal.
REVERSE: St. George mounted and slaying Dragon with sword. Date at the bottom with small letters B.P. to right.
DIAMETER: 22.05mm.
WEIGHT: 7.9887g ( 0.917 gold).
FINENESS: 22 Carat.
EDGE: Milled.
MINTAGE: 4,406,431
RATING: C (M.Marsh).

GEORGE V, SOVEREIGN, 1925

George V, Sovereign, 1925, struck in the reign of George VI c.1949-1952, bare head left, B.M. recut on truncation, rev St George slaying dragon with sword, date in exergue, tiny B.P. very distinct to upper right, edge coarser milling with higher rims, 7.98g (Marsh 220; MCE 646; S 3996). Calendar year mintages: 1925=3,520,431; 1949=138,000; 1951=318,000; 1952=430,000 Total output dated 1925 = 4,406,431 When collectors started to collect the modern gold Sovereign just after World War II, the 1925 Sovereign was always a challenging coin to find, as its issue was for Bank of England gold reserves only. This, coupled with the Gold Standard Act of 1925 meant that the Treasury banknotes were no longer convertible to gold coin on demand, but the Bank was compelled to sell 400 ounce fine gold bars to any purchaser who asked for it at £3/17/10½d per ounce in legal tender money. This meant each bar would sell for £1560 and there was a demand as in 1929 and again in 1930 the Bank of England had to melt down a total of 91,350,000 Sovereigns from their stock, which no doubt included any 1916 or 1917 Sovereigns left and many other earlier dates or varieties. The reissue of 1925 dated Sovereigns in the reign of George VI occurred because of a need for more coins in the gold reserve of the Bank of England. George VI dies were perhaps not used as the only issues of Sovereigns for the reign were commemorative patterns with plain edges in 1937 and so had never been authorised for currency, hence the 1925 George V designs were used again. These later coins eventually started to find their way into the hands of collectors and any premium on 1925 dated coins as a great rarity was soon eradicated. The 1925 Sovereign as we have here has a high rim and recut initials on the truncation. If an original 1925 Sovereign could be found we would expect it to have a less prominent rim and shallower initials. King George V died 20 January 1936. King Edward VIII ruled from this accession day until abdication, 11 December 1936, having never been crowned.
The coinage of the reign of King George V features a bare head portrait of the King facing to the left by the Australian sculptor, Edgar Bertram Mackennal (12 June 1863 – 10 October 1931), whose initials appear on the truncation of the bust and with the titles georgivs v d: g: britt: omn: rex f : d : ind : imp : Mackennal was famed for his artistic sculptures, but became more numismatically interesting, as the designer of the Olympic Medals for the London Olympic Games of 1908. This led to the commission for the Coronation Medallion for King George V, and he then successfully won the commission for the coinage and for postage stamp portraits. One other Royal commission was to design the tomb for King Edward VII at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. He was also the first Australian citizen to be knighted, in 1921 and was admitted to the Royal Academy in 1922. For the Sovereign the classic St George and dragon design continues engraved, after Pistrucci with his initials in the exergue, and amazingly still featuring the tiny wwp under the lance for William Wellesley Pole from his days of the Master-ship of the Mint circa 1820. Had the London Mint continued to produce gold Sovereigns from 1928, like some of the Colonial Mints did, then a smaller portrait of George V would no doubt have appeared as at Melbourne, Perth and Pretoria. More significantly, the reverses of these Colonial small head pieces are revised and the wwp initials disappear at last.

KING GEORGE V

The Reign of King George V (1910-1936) House of Windsor.
Born: 3 June 1865.
Accession: 6 May 1910.
Married: Mary of Teck, 6 July 1893.
Coronation: Thursday, 22 June 1911, second Coronation as Emperor of India at the Delhi Durbar, Tuesday, 12 December 1911.
Children: Five sons, one daughter.
Died: 20 January 1936, aged 70.

1925 GOLD SOVEREIGN MS 66

A true GEM with bold strike, perfect surfaces and satiny luster.
ex Northeast Numismatics, Concord MA, USA, purchased 24 October 2012.

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