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Coin: Sovereign 1929
Description

A gold coin (21.5 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring the effigy of King George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F:D: IND: IMP:.

The reverse features St. George on horseback holding a short sword in his right hand, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1929 and the artist's initials B.P.; the mint mark is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Not every date exists for gold sovereigns. The London mint virtually stopped producing sovereigns after 1916, except for 1925. From 1917, the branch mints continued to issue most of the sovereign production. In 1929 a total of three mints issued sovereigns, Melbourne and Perth in Australia, and Pretoria Mint in South Africa.

1929 sovereigns have a new smaller head portrait of King George V. The earlier portrait had been used from 1911 to 1928 inclusive, the small head portrait was used from 1929 to 1932 inclusive, making these quite desirable from a type collectors point of view.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeSovereign (St George)
Year1929 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage14,067,451 (14.1 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Pretoria Mint 12,024,107 (12.0 million) Letters SA
Perth Mint 1,606,625 (1.6 million) Letter P
Melbourne Mint 436,719 (436719) Letter M
Material0.917 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchKing George V EffigyPortrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)1.5200
Mass (g)7.9881
Obverse

"Small" head of King George V facing left; on neck truncation, the artist's initials B.M.; around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN:REX F.D. IND:IMP:

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Reverse

St. George on horseback holding a short sword in his right hand, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1929 and the artist's initials B.P.; the mint mark is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse inscription

1929

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Sovereign 1929: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof (Melbourne Mint) unknown
Sovereign 1929: Photos
Sovereign 1929: Photo Specimen Coin - Sovereign, Australia, 1929
Specimen Coin - Sovereign, Australia, 1929
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Notes: Melbourne Mint. Proof.
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Sovereign 1929: Photo Specimen Coin - Sovereign, Australia, 1929
Specimen Coin - Sovereign, Australia, 1929
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Melbourne Mint. Proof.
source
Sovereign 1929: Photo Coin - Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1929
Coin - Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1929
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Sovereign 1929: Photo Coin - Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1929
Coin - Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1929
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Sovereign 1929: Photo Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1929
Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1929
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Perth Mint.
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Sovereign 1929: Photo Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1929
Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1929
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Perth Mint.
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Sovereign 1929: Photo Coin - Sovereign, South Africa, 1929
Coin - Sovereign, South Africa, 1929
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Pretoria Mint.
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Sovereign 1929: Photo Coin - Sovereign, South Africa, 1929
Coin - Sovereign, South Africa, 1929
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Pretoria Mint.
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Sovereign 1929: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 39 (Melbourne Mint) and 40 (Perth Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 32 (Melbourne and Perth Mints)
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4000 (Melbourne Mint) and 4002 (Perth Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 289 (Melbourne Mint) and McD 290 (Perth Mint)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS196 (Melbourne Mint) and S197 (Perth Mint)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldSouth Africa 5 (Pretoria Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSouth Africa KM# A22 (Pretoria Mint)
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4005 (Pretoria Mint)
Sovereign 1929: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1965 Mint Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint Pretoria Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Pretoria Mint mintage
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof (Melbourne Mint)
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Sovereign 1929: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
Gold Sovereigns: 1929 Gold Sovereigns 1929M George V Australian Gold Sovereign - Silveragecoins.com
1929P George V Australian Gold Sovereign - Silveragecoins.com
Sovereign 1929: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Specimen Coin - Sovereign, Australia, 1929 Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1929
Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Sovereign, South Africa, 1929 Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1929
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