Portrait of King George V. The reverse features Pistrucci's famous portrayal of Saint George Slaying The Dragon. When these Canadian gold sovereigns were struck, from 1908 to 1919, there was a popular saying "The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire." These short-lived Canadian gold "pounds" were actually struck in Canada. Many, if not most, were melted in 1980 when Gold peaked at $875 per troy ounce. Canadian sovereigns are much scarcer than one might think; they are rarer than the British and Australian sovereigns. This 1911-C gold sovereign issue is also available as an encapsulated, certified coin. PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) and NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporatoin) are the leading third party, independent grading services. PCGGS and NGC certified coins come sealed in hard plastic cases with a label stating the year, where they were minted, and their grade. These "raw," non-certified sovereigns, have all been examined, authenticated, and graded by the staff of
PandaAmerica numismatists, who have over 75 years of combined experience as professional numismatists.