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1928 George V Sovereign South Africa

1928 George V Sovereign South Africa Obverse

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22 carat gold King George V full Sovereign, minted in 1928 at the Pretoria mint. This coin is a product of a branch mint that operated for less than a decade in what was then the Union of South Africa. Gold 'full' Sovereigns were struck at this Royal Mint facility from late 1923 until 1932 including 18,235,057 in 1928. 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 1928 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. This piece is composed of 7.98 grams of 916.7 gold and has a diameter of 22.05 millimetres. Grade: UNC - Very few contact marks, Uncirculated. References: Marsh 292, S 4005.
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Obverse

Pretoria mint first head of King George V, facing left. Artitst: Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal. Legend: 'GEORGIVS D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:'.

Reverse

Benedetto Pistrucci's interpretation of the legend of Saint George and the dragon. Date below (1928) with initials 'B.P.' to right. 'SA' to ground beneath dragon for South Africa.

Specification

From a mintage of 18,235,057. Struck in 22 carat (916.7) gold. Weight: 7.98 grams. Actual gold weight: 7.31 grams. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres.

Grade

UNC - Very few contact marks, Uncirculated.

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