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The Hyde Park Collection - South Africa George V Sovereigns 1923-1932 (Private)

Set Type: Gold Sovereign, George V, 1923-1932, Circulation Issue
Owner: Zebo
Last Modified: 3/8/2021
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The Reign of King George V (1910-1936) - House of Windsor

Pretoria Mint Sovereigns 1923-1932

King George V, appearing to not be worthwile was second son of Edward VII. Initially, due to the untimely death of his brother, Albert, George was placed on the throne. He became king in 1910 and played an active role supporting the troops during World War I. Though lackluster in personality, he won the loyalty of the middle class and many in Great Britain with his steadfast dedication to his country.

On May 6, 1910, Edward VII died. George became king and immediately faced a constitutional crisis, known as the budget controversy of 1910. In an unprecedented move, Tories in the House of Lords rejected the budget proposed by Liberals in the House of Commons. George V threatened to create enough Liberal nobles in the House of Lords to pass the measure, and the Tories gave in. George V’s threat foretold future actions where he would support the middle class over the gentry.

The reign of George V saw many changes within the British Empire. Rebellion in Ireland in 1916 resulted in an independent Irish parliament and later a geographic division along religious lines. The post–World War I period also brought change to the empire itself as Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa demanded and received the right of self-governance and formed the Commonwealth of Nations in 1931. India followed, achieving some degree of self-determinism in 1935.

King George V became a popular king that cultivated good relationships with the Labour Party and unions during the economic depression of the 1930s. While he lacked intellectual curiosity and sophistication, he was hardworking, deeply devoted to Great Britain and widely admired by the British people.

1932 SA Sovereign was the only Sovereign produced in 1932 out of any of the Mints in Australia, Canada, India, Great Britain and South Africa.

The Branch Mint of the Royal Mint at Pretoria South Africa

The next, and final, branch mint was established in Pretoria (South Africa) in 1923. Like the Australian and Canadian mints, this was set up to turn locally mined gold into coins. Significant quantities of gold were discovered in Johannesburg in 1886, setting off another mass migration as speculators, prospectors, fortune-seekers, and adventurers from all over the world descended upon the region.

With the Unification of South Africa into a Dominion under the establishment of British rule, the Pretoria mint became a further Branch mint of the Royal Mint. Gold sovereigns of the Imperial design were issued, dating from 1923 to 1932.

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