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1926 George V Sovereign Pretoria South Africa Mint

1926 George V Sovereign Pretoria South Africa Mint Reverse

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Gold Sovereign, minted in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1926. This is a product of a branch mint that operated for less than a decade in what was then the Union of South Africa. 22 carat gold Sovereigns were struck at this Royal Mint facility from late 1923 until 1932 including 11,107,611 in 1926. The South African branch mint was the last to be founded and the last to strike Sovereigns, continuing to produce these coins for more than a decade after minting ceased in London. Sovereigns minted in Pretoria are identifiable by the tiny ‘SA’ that appears just above the date on the reverse. The lettering is hidden on the ground beneath the dragon that Saint George is in the process of slaying in the historic engraving by Benedetto Pistrucci: a common sight on the tails side of gold Sovereigns. This 1926 coin shows an effigy of George V by Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal to the obverse, accompanied by the legend 'GEORGIVS D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:’. Mackennal’s portrait of the King appears on all his coinage, issued between from his coronation year (1911) until his death in 1936. Like all Sovereigns, this South African example is composed of 7.98 grams of 22 carat (916.7) gold and has a diameter of 22.05 millimetres. Grade: EF - Excellent details, usual very minor contact marks for gold: Extremely Fine. S 4004.
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Pretoria mint South African 1926 George V gold Sovereign.

Gold Sovereigns Of George V

George V became King-Emperor in May 1910, following the death of his father, Edward VII. During George's reign the British Empire reached its greatest territorial extent while other European empires fell with the events of the First World War. George was succeeded briefly in 1936 by his eldest son, Edward VIII, who abdicated in favour of his brother who reigned as King George VI.

The obverse of George V 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 shows the date and Benedetto Pistrucci's interpretation of the legend of Saint George and the dragon, created in 1817 for the first modern Sovereigns. 

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 an identifying letter.

History Of The Pretoria Mint, South Africa

Gold was discovered in the South African Republic in 1886 and from the resulting boom came a domestic currency, struck at a mint, opened in Pretoria in 1892 by President Paul Kruger. This mint ceased operations during the early years of the British occupation when UK currency became legal tender. Coin production in Pretoria - then the administrative capital of the Union of South Africa - began again in 1923 when the city became the site of the final Royal Mint branch to be opened.

The first South African Sovereigns were struck in Pretoria in late 1923. Those early Sovereigns are particularly rare though production increased through the decade to the point where 18 million of these gold coins were being struck in 1928, more than a decade after Sovereigns had ceased being minted in London. 

The Pretoria mint was the last of the branch mints to strike Sovereigns, the final issue being made in 1932. In 1941 the facility was reopened as the South African Mint, tasked with producing all coins of the South African Rand, including their own influential gold coins the Krugerrand.

Historic South African Gold Coins

You can identify Sovereigns minted in South Africa by the tiny 'SA' found above the date on the reverse. These gold coins were minted in Pretoria for less than a decade so they're not too common but very collectible. This 1926 example is one of 11,107,611 minted in this year.

Our historic gold Sovereigns are individually graded and authenticated by our expert staff. You will receive the coin in the photographs displayed above.

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

Like all British Sovereigns, this one is VAT free as investment gold and Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exempt because it's UK legal tender. It's composed of 7.98 grams of 22 carat (916.7) gold with a diameter of 22.05 millimetres.

Sell An South Africa 1926 Gold Sovereign

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