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Coin: Sovereign 1902
Description

A gold coin (22 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a bare head of Edward VII facing right; below, the artist's initials DeS; around, EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN:REX F:D: IND:IMP: and on the reverse St. George on horseback holding short sword and wearing a helmet, cape and boots, the horse rearing over dragon whose side is pearced by a broken lance, the haft of the lance is on the ground behind the horse; the date, 1902 and artist's initials B.P. in exergue; the mint mark (if any) in ground line above middle of date.

Although Edward VII acceded to the throne in 1901, he was not crowned until 1902, and the first coins issued for him were dated 1902, all 1901 dated coins continuing to bear Queen Victoria's head. As sovereigns remained in circulation as pound coins until the First World War, most Edward sovereigns are quite worn. Because 1902 was the first date of his reign, some people tended to store a few nice shiny new coins, although few could afford to save sovereigns.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeSovereign (St George)
Year1902 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage16,122,198 (16.1 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint London 4,752,919 (4.8 million) No mint mark
Perth Mint 4,289,122 (4.3 million) Letter P
Melbourne Mint 4,267,157 (4.3 million) Letter M
Sydney Mint 2,813,000 (2.8 million) Letter S
Material0.917 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchKing Edward VII EffigyPortrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)1.5200
Mass (g)7.9881
Obverse

Bare head of King Edward VII facing right; below in small letters De S. (for G.W. De Saulles, Mint Engraver); around, EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:

Obverse inscription EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Reverse

St George on horseback advancing to right, wearing a helmet and cape and brandishing a sword, attacking a fallen dragon with broken lance in its side; in small letters at right below the exergue line B.P. (initials of the designer, Benedetto Pistrucci); in exergue, 1902.

The mint mark (if any; coins struck at the Royal Mint London do not have a mint mark) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse inscription

1902

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

Earlier editions of Krause catalogues (incl. 2001) listed a Perth proof sovereign of 1902, not listed elsewhere.

Sovereign 1902: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof (Royal Mint London) 15,123 (included in main number)
Proof (Sydney Mint) unknown
Frosted proof (Sydney Mint) unknown
Proof (Melbourne Mint) unknown
Sovereign 1902: Photos
Sovereign 1902: Photo Gold sovereign, London (England)
Gold sovereign, London (England)
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Notes: Proof. Royal Mint London.
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Sovereign 1902: Photo Gold sovereign, London (England)
Gold sovereign, London (England)
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Notes: Proof. Royal Mint London.
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Sovereign 1902: Photo Coin - Sovereign, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
Coin - Sovereign, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
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Notes: Royal Mint London (no mint mark).
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Sovereign 1902: Photo Coin - Sovereign, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
Coin - Sovereign, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Sovereign 1902: Photo Great Britain 1902 sovereign
Great Britain 1902 sovereign
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Sovereign 1902: Photo Great Britain 1902 sovereign
Great Britain 1902 sovereign
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Sovereign 1902: Photo Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
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Notes: Sydney Mint.
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Sovereign 1902: Photo Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
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Notes: Sydney Mint.
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Sovereign 1902: Photo Coin - Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1902
Coin - Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1902
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Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Sovereign 1902: Photo Coin - Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1902
Coin - Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1902
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Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Sovereign 1902: Photo Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1902
Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1902
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Notes: Perth Mint.
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Sovereign 1902: Photo Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1902
Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1902
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Notes: Perth Mint.
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Sovereign 1902: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 258 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 805 (Royal Mint London)
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3969 (Royal Mint London)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 32 (Sydney), 33 (Melbourne), 34 (Perth)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 15 (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth Mints)
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3973 (Sydney), 3971 (Melbourne) and 3972 (Perth)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 210 (Sydney), 211 (Melbourne) and 212 (Perth)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS117 (Sydney), S118 (Melbourne) and S119 (Perth)
Sovereign 1902: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint Royal Mint London
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Sydney Mint, Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Royal Mint circulation and proof mintage
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Sydney Mint, Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Royal Mint London and Sydney Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Frosted proof, Sydney Mint; Proof (Melbourne Mint)
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Sovereign 1902: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
Gold Sovereigns: 1902 Gold Sovereigns For Sale - Edward VII 1902M Edward VII Australian Gold Sovereign - Silveragecoins.com
1902P Edward VII Australian Gold Sovereign - Silveragecoins.com 1902S Edward VII Australian Gold Sovereign - Silveragecoins.com
1902S Frosted Proof Edward VII Australian Gold Sovereign - Silveragecoins.com 1902 Edward VII British Gold Sovereign - Silveragecoins.com
Sovereign 1902: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Sovereign, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902 Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1902 Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1902
Cruzi's Coins: Gold Sovereigns: 1902 Royal Mint Matte Proof Great Britain 1902 sovereign - CoinFactsWiki
American Numismatic Society: Gold sovereign, London (England)
List of all (148) coins of type: United Kingdom / Sovereign (Pre-Decimal)
Sovereign 1817 Sovereign 1818 Sovereign 1819 Sovereign 1820 Sovereign 1821 Sovereign 1822
Sovereign 1823 Sovereign 1824 Sovereign 1825 St George Sovereign 1825 Shield Sovereign 1826 Sovereign 1827
Sovereign 1828 Sovereign 1829 Sovereign 1830 Sovereign 1830 William IV Sovereign 1831 Sovereign 1832
Sovereign 1833 Sovereign 1835 Sovereign 1836 Sovereign 1837 Sovereign 1837 Victoria Sovereign 1838
Sovereign 1839 Sovereign 1841 Sovereign 1842 Sovereign 1843 Sovereign 1844 Sovereign 1845
Sovereign 1846 Sovereign 1847 Sovereign 1848 Sovereign 1849 Sovereign 1850 Sovereign 1851
Sovereign 1852 Sovereign 1853 Sovereign 1854 Sovereign 1855 Sovereign 1856 Sovereign 1857
Sovereign 1858 Sovereign 1859 Sovereign 1860 Sovereign 1861 Sovereign 1862 Sovereign 1863
Sovereign 1864 Sovereign 1865 Sovereign 1866 Sovereign 1868 Sovereign 1869 Sovereign 1870
Sovereign 1871 Shield Sovereign 1871 Sovereign 1872 Shield Sovereign 1872 Sovereign 1873 Shield Sovereign 1873
Sovereign 1874 Shield Sovereign 1874 Sovereign 1875 Shield Sovereign 1875 Sovereign 1876 Shield Sovereign 1876
Sovereign 1877 Shield Sovereign 1877 Sovereign 1878 Shield Sovereign 1878 Sovereign 1879 Shield Sovereign 1879
Sovereign 1880 Shield Sovereign 1880 Sovereign 1881 Shield Sovereign 1881 Sovereign 1882 Shield Sovereign 1882
Sovereign 1883 Shield Sovereign 1883 Sovereign 1884 Shield Sovereign 1884 Sovereign 1885 Shield Sovereign 1885
Sovereign 1886 Shield Sovereign 1886 Sovereign 1887 Shield Sovereign 1887 Young head Sovereign 1887 Jubilee head Sovereign 1888
Sovereign 1889 Sovereign 1890 Sovereign 1891 Sovereign 1892 Sovereign 1893 Jubilee head Sovereign 1893 Veiled head
Sovereign 1894 Sovereign 1895 Sovereign 1896 Sovereign 1897 Sovereign 1898 Sovereign 1899
Sovereign 1900 Sovereign 1901 Sovereign 1902 Sovereign 1903 Sovereign 1904 Sovereign 1905
Sovereign 1906 Sovereign 1907 Sovereign 1908 Sovereign 1909 Sovereign 1910 Sovereign 1911
Sovereign 1912 Sovereign 1913 Sovereign 1914 Sovereign 1915 Sovereign 1916 Sovereign 1917
Sovereign 1918 Sovereign 1919 Sovereign 1920 Sovereign 1921 Sovereign 1922 Sovereign 1923
Sovereign 1924 Sovereign 1925 Sovereign 1926 Sovereign 1927 Sovereign 1928 Sovereign 1929
Sovereign 1930 Sovereign 1931 Sovereign 1932 Sovereign 1937 Edward VIII (not released) Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) Sovereign 1953 (not released)
Sovereign 1957 Sovereign 1958 Sovereign 1959 Sovereign 1962 Sovereign 1963 Sovereign 1964
Sovereign 1965 Sovereign 1966 Sovereign 1967 Sovereign 1968