1925 King George V London Mint Sovereign

  • 1925 King George V London Mint Sovereign
  • 1925 King George V London Mint Sovereign
  • 1925 King George V London Mint Sovereign

Perfect for sovereign collectors, this fascinating post-World War II restruck coin features:

  • Iconic St George and the dragon reverse design
  • Struck from 1949 to 1951 but dated 1925
  • 22-Carat Gold
  • Combined mintage of less than 900,000
  • Choice uncirculated condition
  • Prestigious presentation case
  • Certificate of Authenticity


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    1925 King George V London Mint Sovereign 18F19AAA AUS $ 1,090.91
    US$ 842.29

    Product Information


    The Royal Mint’s 1925-dated Gold Sovereign coin is a historical release with a fascinating twist. While these coins display the date of the last sovereign struck at The Royal Mint in London during the reign of King George V, the coins were actually struck from 1949 to 1951 under King George VI. Distinguished from original 1925 sovereigns by noticeably higher rims, the 1949-51 restrikes are extremely rare with fewer than 900,000 issued.

    Fascinating tale of ‘world’s most famous gold coin’

    The Royal Mint struck its last George V sovereign in 1925, however demand for sovereigns on the bullion market increased dramatically after World War II. Many counterfeits were produced as the sovereign became respected as ‘the world’s most famous gold coin’. It is believed that, due to time constraints regarding approvals to issue George VI sovereigns and the creation of new dies, the Mint used the dies employed for the last year of sovereign production – 1925.

    Historic St George Design

    In superb Choice Uncirculated condition, the coin’s reverse portrays Benedetto Pistrucci's classic St George and the dragon design with the wyvern-like dragon being trampled by St George’s warhorse. The coin features a large uncrowned bust of King George V facing left on its obverse.

    Presentation Packaging

    Each coin is housed in an elegant black timber case and is accompanied by 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.

    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. 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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