1917 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign

  • 1917 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign
  • 1917 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign

Buy the 1917 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign from The Perth Mint, featuring:

  • Historic 1917 Perth Mint Gold Sovereign
  • 22 Carat Gold
  • 100 year old Iconic St George and the Dragon Reverse Design
  • Extremely Fine - About Uncirculated Condition
  • Prestigious Timber Case
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1917 King George V Perth Mint Gold Sovereign 17B71AAA AUS $ 1,090.91
US$ 836.37

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Issued in the 100th anniversary year of Pistrucci’s St George & the Dragon design, Australia’s 1917 Sovereigns represent a major landmark in the long history of ‘the world’s most famous gold coin’.

Historic 1917 Sovereigns

Struck from 7.98 grams of 22 carat gold and measuring 22.05mm in diameter, each coin is a genuine sovereign minted during the First World War. Available in Extremely Fine - About Uncirculated Condition.

Iconic St George and the Dragon Reverse Design

The sovereign features a large uncrowned bust of King George V facing left.

Presentation Packaging and Numbered Certificate

Each coin is housed in a lavish black timber case with a numbered 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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