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1921 Perth Mint Gold Full Sovereign King George V Australian Coin

1921 King George V Gold Full Sovereign Perth Mint Australia (Best Value) Reverse

Buy a 1921 Perth Mint Gold Full Sovereign King George V Australian Coin

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High-grade King George V gold 'full' Perth mint Sovereigns from 1921. The Perth mint was opened in 1899, taking advantage of the Western Australian gold rushes of the end of the nineteenth century. Perth would be the last of the colonial outposts of the Royal Mint established in Australia (after Melbourne and Sydney). This coin was issued years after the London mint had ceased regularly striking Sovereigns. The mint at Perth would continue minting these gold coins until 1931, producing some 106 million during its lifetime. 2,314,360 George V Perth Sovereigns were minted in 1921, each bearing Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal's portrait of the King with a legend around reading: 'GEORGIVS D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:'. 1921 Sovereigns feature the earlier 'first' or 'large head', used through to 1928. This is paired with a much older reverse design: Benedetto Pistrucci's Saint George and the dragon. A dynamic and instantly recognisable motif, it was created in 1817 for the first modern Sovereigns. Like all of these gold coins, these Perth Mint examples are composed of 7.98 grams of 22-carat (916.7) gold and have a diameter of 22.05 millimetres. References: S 4001, Marsh 260. Grade: VF - Very Fine or better.
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Best value, high-grade Perth mint George V gold Sovereigns, dated 1921 (S 4001, Marsh 260).

Obverse Of 1921 Perth Mint Gold Sovereigns

These coins show a left-facing portrait of King George V by Australian sculptor Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal. The legend around the portrait reads: 'GEORGIVS D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:'.

Benedetto Pistrucci's Sovereign Reverse

Benedetto Pistrucci's classic Saint George and the dragon design, created for the first modern Sovereigns, struck in 1817. England's patron saint points his sword at a cowering beast from his position on a rearing horse. Date below: 1921. Tiny 'P' mintmark to ground below dragon.

Specifications For Perth Mint Sovereigns

22-carat (91.67%) gold Sovereign, struck at the Perth Mint, Western Australia, to historic specifications. Weight: approximately 7.98 grams. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. Edge: milled.

Buy High-Grade Australian Gold Sovereigns

Our historic Sovereigns are graded 'Very Fine' or better by our expert numismatists. VF coins display a high level of fine detail with some wear to the high points and marks associated with having been in circulation. The images on this webpage are stock photographs but represent the type and grade of coin available. 

King George V’s Gold Coinage

King George V came to the throne in May 1910, following the death of his father, Edward VII. The British Empire reached its greatest territorial extent during George's reign which was coloured by the events of the First World War. George was succeeded briefly by his eldest son, Edward VIII, who himself abdicated in favour of his brother who reigned as King George VI.

The obverse of George V gold Sovereigns features Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal's portrait of the King, facing left, as used on all his British coinage. This is accompanied by a legend that reads: 'GEORGIVS D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:'. The reverse of these coins (struck 1911 to 1936) shows Benedetto Pistrucci's interpretation of the legend of Saint George and the dragon, created for the first modern Sovereigns, issued in 1817. The date appears below.

Sovereigns were struck in London during George V's reign but also at branch mints in Australia (Melbourne, Sydney and Perth), Canada (Ottawa), South Africa (Pretoria) and India (Bombay). You can identify George V branch mint Sovereigns by examining the ground beneath the dragon on the reverse for a tiny identifying letter.

Gold Sovereigns From Perth, Australia

Opened in June 1899, the Perth mint became The Royal Mint's third outpost in Australia. At this time population of Western Australia had doubled over the previous decade with workers drawn by the rich gold deposits, recently found in the colony. The new mint - which continued to operate after the federation of Australia - allowed diggers to deposit raw gold that was then minted into Sovereigns.

Some 106,000,000 of these coins were struck in Perth between 1899 and 1931, the issues continuing long after Sovereigns ceased being struck in London. Perth mint Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns can be identified by a small 'P' in the centre of the exergue ground line to the reverse.

Refining continued in Perth after the Pound left the gold standard and today the Perth Mint operates as Australia's official bullion mint, alongside the Royal Australian Mint which produces Australia's circulating coins.

Perth Mint George V Sovereigns

2,314,360 gold Sovereigns were struck in Perth in 1921: this issue is rated 'C' by Marsh. Branch mint Sovereigns are a key addition to any serious Sovereign collection, exemplifying the global reach of these prestigious coins.

Like all 'full' Sovereigns, this one is composed of 7.98 grams of 22 carat (916.7) gold and has a diameter of 22.05 millimetres. Their gold content makes them VAT free in the UK and the EU while their status as UK legal tender affords Sovereigns a Capital Gains Tax exemption.

Our historic gold Sovereigns, like this 1921 George V example, are individually graded and authenticated by our expert staff. You will receive the coin in the images displayed above.

Grade: EF - Excellent details, usual very minor contact marks for gold, Extremely Fine.

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