1 Sovereign - George V


Issuer United Kingdom
King George V (1910-1936)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1911-1925
Value 1 Sovereign = 20 Shillings (1)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Gold (.9167)
Weight 7.99 g
Diameter 22 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 11463
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References KM# 820,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Sp# 3996
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.


Uncrowned portrait of King George V left, legend around.


Translation: George the Fifth by the Grace of God King of all the Britains Defender of the Faith Emperor of India

Engraver: Edgar Bertram MacKennal

Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, KCVO, usually known as Bertram Mackennal, was an Australian sculptor, most famous for designing the coinage and stamps bearing the likeness of King George V. Signature: "BM".


St George riding horse, facing right, wearing helmet and cape, holding sword in right hand, slaying dragon below.


Engraver: Benedetto Pistrucci

Benedetto Pistrucci was a distinguished Italian Gem-engraver, medallist and coin-engraver who became Chief-medallist at the Royal Mint in England.




The standard weight of a sovereign was 160/623 troy ounce (123.3 grains). The pure gold content was 113 1/623 grains (7.3224 g).

For issues with mintmark M, P or S below horse's right rear hoof, see Australia Sovereign Coinage (M = Melbourne mint, P = Perth mint, S = Sydney mint).

For issues with mintmark SA below horse's right rear hoof, see South Africa Sovereign Coinage (Pretoria mint).

For issues with mintmark I below horse's right rear hoof, see India (British) Sovereign Coinage (Bombay mint).

Issues with mintmark C below horse's right rear hoof were struck at the Ottawa mint under authority and instruction of the Royal Mint, London, and can be found listed under the UK.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1911  30 044 000 $ 423 $ 438 $ 324 34%
1911  3 764 1.0% Proof
1912  30 318 000 $ 325 $ 383 $ 431 33%
1913  24 540 000 $ 389 $ 438 $ 307 28%
1914  11 501 000 $ 489 11%
1915  20 295 000 $ 510 14%
1916  1 554 000 5%
1917  1 014 999 $ 430 6%
1925  4 406 000 $ 368 $ 435 $ 458 $ 408 19%

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