1 Sovereign - George V Bombay mint


Country United Kingdom
King George V (1910-1936)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1918
Value 1 Sovereign = 20 Shillings (1)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Gold (.9167)
Weight 7.99 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References Sp# 3998
  • Emma Howard (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Pre-Decimal Issues (55th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667536.
  • Geoff Kitchen (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Decimal Issues (6th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667215.


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 and engraver's initials in exergue.

Note: I mintmark central to the ground below horse's right rear hoof

1918 B.P.

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 fifth branch of the Royal Mint was established in a section of the Mumbai (Bombay) Mint as of December 21, 1917. This was a war-time measure, its purpose being to strike into sovereigns the gold blanks supplied by the Mumbai and other Indian mints. The Mumbai sovereigns bear the mint mark 'I' and were struck from August 15, 1918, to April 22, 1919. The branch mint was closed in May 1919.

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).

Listed under Krause & Mischler SCWC (1901-2000) India-British, Trade Coinage KM#525A.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1918 I 1,294,372 532.08

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