Available in About Uncirculated to uncirculated condition, the 1912 Perth Mint Gold King George V Sovereign offers collectors a rare connection to pre-World War I Australia. Like many pre-war sovereigns, high quality 1912 gold sovereigns can be difficult to find. Among the last sovereigns to be used for everyday transactions before the WWI financial crisis removed the coins from circulation, these historic sovereigns are often well-worn from day-to-day use. The 1912 releases are particularly sought after by collectors for their connection to the tragedy of the Titanic, which sunk in April 1912.
The coin’s reverse features Benedetto Pistrucci’s classic St George and the dragon design. Also included is the year-date and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. The obverse depicts the portrait of King George V.
Displayed within an impressive timber case, the coin 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 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.