Sure to bring prestige to any collection, the 1913 gold sovereign is highly sought after for its status as the last gold sovereign struck in Australia before World War I was declared. WWI had an untold impact on Australian communities and the economy. It forced sovereigns out of circulation, making pre-war sovereigns unique as genuine circulation coins. Subjected to the rigours of day-to-day use, the 1913 sovereigns are difficult to find in better grade, making this superb about uncirculated to uncirculated condition Perth Mint George V sovereign coin a rare find.
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 elegant 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.