Synonymous with fashion and jazz, the Roaring Twenties was also a time of the burgeoning consumer culture in a period of significant technological and cultural upheaval. In 1920, while the US was contending with prohibition and women’s right to vote, Australia was establishing luxury travel with Qantas and encouraging political diversity by granting women in Western Australia, who had been able to vote since the early 1900s, the right to stand in national parliament. Against this tumultuous backdrop, The Perth Mint struck the 1920 King George V Gold Sovereign. Although more than 2 million were produced, it is scarce today due in part to the large number of Australian-struck sovereigns dispatched overseas after World War I. Highly sought after in any grade, this superior quality coin presents a rare opportunity to own a genuine piece of Australian history.
Benedetto Pistrucci’s timeless St George and the dragon design is featured on the coin’s reverse, together with the year-date and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark. The obverse depicts the left-facing bust of King George V.
The coin is housed in a fine timber case and 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.