Amongst the last sovereigns considered true circulation coins, with the global economic crisis engendered by World War I sounding the death knell for gold as a circulating medium, Australia’s 1915 Sovereigns are extremely rare in the upper echelons of quality.
Struck in 1915 at The Perth Mint and in comparatively low number, this 1915 Sovereign is now available in lustrous EF-aUnc condition.
Historic 1915 Perth Mint Gold Sovereign
Struck from 7.98 grams of 22-carat gold and measuring 21.5mm in diameter, each coin is a genuine gold sovereign minted at the start of World War I.
Iconic St George and the Dragon Design
Graded Unc, the coin’s reverse portrays Benedetto Pistrucci’s classic St George and the dragon design, and includes The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.
Each obverse depicts the original portrait of King George V which was represented from 1911 to 1928.
Prestigious Timber Case and Certificate of Authenticity
The 1915 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign is housed in a lavish black timber case with a Certificate of Authenticity.
In Australia the Sydney Mint was established in 1855 as a branch of the Royal Mint in London. Its primary objective together with the mints of Melbourne (1872 - 1931) and Perth (1899 - 1931) was to strike Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns from the gold that had been discovered in the goldfields of Victoria and New South Wales in 1851.
The Australian Minted Gold Sovereign Series 1855 – 1931 consists of 9 different types. The Sydney Mint Type 1 (1855 -1856), Sydney Mint Type 2 (1857 – 1870), Victorian Young Head Shield Reverse (1871 – 1887), Victorian Young Head St George Reverse (1871 – 1887), Victorian Jubilee Head (1887 – 1893), Victorian Veiled Head (1893 – 1901), King Edward VII, (1902 – 1910), King George V Large Head (1911 – 1928) and King George V Small Head (1929 – 1931).
The later King George V Sovereigns are either Very Scarce or Rare due to the mints cutting back on mintages struck. Dates: 1919M, 1920M & S, 1921S & M, 1922S & M, 1923S, 1924S & P, 1925P, 1926P, S & M, 1927P, 1928M & P, 1929M, 1930M & 1931M.
Sovereigns could be produced at one mint, two mints or at all mints, and when enough coins were thought to be in circulation no sovereigns were produced at all. Australian Sovereigns can be collected by Date, Type, and Mint mark or by a combination of these.