The first portrait of George V was used from 1911 to 1928 inclusive. It could also be called the "Large Head". In 1929, the portrait on George V sovereigns was changed to the second or "Small Head" type. This was only used on the four dates issued from 1929 to 1932.
The gold sovereign came into existence in 1489 under King Henry VII. From 1816 to the present the specifications have been constant (7.9881 grams of 917 fine (22 kt) gold, 22.05 mm. diameter), helping to make these among the world’s most popular gold coins. The beautiful classic reverse design by Benedetto Pistrucci features Saint George slaying a dragon.
Gold sovereigns were produced throughout the British Empire. This specimen was minted in Pretoria, South Africa and carries the tiny “SA” mintmark on the base, below the rearing horse. Production at the Pretoria Mint of the St. George type continued from 1923 through 1932.
This gold sovereign has been authenticated, graded MS-64, and sealed in a holder by the Independent Coin Grading Company (ICG). Standard Catalog of World Coins. KM 21. Generic picture shown.
Click Here to See the Grading Terms
Click Here to go to the British Empire Sovereigns