1 Sovereign - George V


Country 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 (.917)
Weight 7.99 g
Diameter 22 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 820,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# 3996
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley


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 slaying the dragon right, date in exergue.

Note: mintmark varieties exist (see 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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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1911  30,044,000 337.85 350.15 307.83
1911  3,764 Proof
1912  30,318,000
1913  24,540,000
1914  11,501,000
1915  20,295,000
1916  1,554,000
1917  1,014,999
1925  4,406,000 394.53

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