The 100-year-old gold sovereign was the first struck by The Perth Mint after the conclusion of the First World War, making it a highly sought-after acquisition for any collector.
Historic St George Design
In Extremely Fine (EF) to About Uncirculated (aUnc) condition., the coin’s reverse portrays Benedetto Pistrucci's classic St George and the dragon design with the wyvern-like dragon being trampled by St George’s warhorse. Included on the reverse is The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
The coin features a large uncrowned bust of King George V facing left on its obverse.
Despite the 1919 gold sovereign having a generous mintage of 2.995 million, it is a scarce and highly sought-after coin today. This is in part due to the huge number of Australian-struck sovereigns sent overseas after WWI to satisfy the immense debt Australia accumulated during the conflict. The chance to secure this important coin in this quality condition is therefore sure to excite collectors.
Presentation Packaging and Certificate
Each coin is housed in an elegant black timber case and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
In Australia, three mints the Sydney Mint, Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint were established as a branch of the Royal Mint in London. Their primary objective was to strike Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns from the gold that had been discovered in the goldfields of Australia.
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. 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.