1916 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign

  • 1916 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign
  • 1916 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign
  • 1916 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign
  • 1916 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign

Buy the 1916 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign from The Perth Mint, featuring:

  • Historic 1916 Perth Mint Gold Sovereign
  • 22-Carat Gold
  • Iconic St George and the Dragon Reverse Design
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Extremely Rare in Uncirculated Quality
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1916 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign 16Y89DAA AUS $ 859.09
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The Perth Mint is proud to continue to offer sovereigns it provided one-hundred years ago.

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 1916 Sovereigns are extremely rare in the upper echelons of quality.

All the Empire’s Sovereigns produced in Canada, India, South Africa, Australia and London were considered product of the London Mint. The sovereigns that were struck at The Perth Mint are classified as ‘scarce’, with just over 4 million produced in 1916.

Struck in 1916 at The Perth Mint and in a comparatively low number, this 1916 Sovereign is now available in lustrous uncirculated condition.

Historic 1916 Sovereigns

Struck from 7.98 grams of 22-carat gold and measuring 21.5mm in diameter, each coin is a genuine gold sovereign minted during World War I.

Iconic St George and the Dragon Reverse Design

The reverse of each coin portrays Benedetto Pistrucci's classic St George and the dragon design. The obverse of each sovereign depicts the original portrait of King George V which was represented from 1911 to 1928.

Prestigious Timber Case and Certificate

The 1916 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign is housed in a lavish ebony timber case with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Grading Specifications:

Gem (or Gem Unc): A coin at the higher end of the mint state spectrum – underpinned by a strong strike, full detail, full lustre, no imperfections.
Choice Uncirculated (Ch Unc): An exceptional example, showing no sign of wear, no imperfections, sharp detail and full mint lustre.
Uncirculated (Unc): An uncirculated or unused coin. The finest possible condition for a circulation-struck coin, defined by full detail, no wear, and original lustre.
Extremely Fine (EF): A clear, sharp, lustrous coin, showing traces of wear on the high points, and light surface marks from circulation. 
Very Fine (VF): Lacking original lustre, and exhibiting some flatness to the designs, and other signs of circulation.
Fine (F): Circulation clearly evident, with general wear and flatness to the designs. 
Very Good (VG): Bereft of any significant detail in the designs – strong evidence of circulation.
Good (g): Use of the prefi x ‘good’ (e.g. good Extremely Fine) indicates that the coin is slightly better than the stated grade.
About (a): Use of the prefi x ‘about’ (e.g. about Extremely Fine) indicates that the coin is just below the stated grade.


Sovereign Terms:

Numismatics The academic study or collection of objects of currency.
Assay Assessment of a precious metal object to determine quality/purity.
Blank A blank metal discused for the production of coins.
Die A hardened, engraved metallic tool, employed to strike a design onto a blank.
Relief The raised elements of a design upon a coin or medal.
Field The blank area of a coin surrounding a design.
Obverse Main side of a coin, often bearing the monarch’s portrait.
Reverse Opposite side to the obverse, often featuring design, denomination and/or date.
Overdate Modification of the date of a coin die, visible upon the coins.
Legend The inscription of lettering around the edge of a coin.
Mintmark A distinguishing mark indicating the mint of issue.
Type A grouping of certain coins on the basis of similar characteristics.

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.

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