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Tom SchumannThe circulating 1908 Ottawa sovereign
29 Nov 2017

The circulating 1908 Ottawa sovereign is extremely rare - the Park House Collection sold by St James's Auctions on May 19th 2015; the Bentley Collection sold by Baldwin's from 2012 - 2013 and the Hemisphere Collection sold by Baldwin's on May 8th 2014 - each being comprehensive collections - all had examples of the comparatively common specimen coin but all lacked an example of the circulating coin.

Tom SchumannGreat Britain - George V penny varieties
United Kingdom
09 Nov 2016

In his authorative work on British bronze coins Michael Freeman lists two different obverse dies as being used for both the 1920 and 1921 pennies. Freeman lists five different penny obverse dies as having been used during the reign of George V, though subsequent research has revealed an even greater number. The continual changes to the obverse were attempts at reducing ghosting and 1920 and 1921 saw the use of combined use of both Freeman obverse 2 and Freeman obverse 3. The obverses can most easily be distinguished by the space between the words GRA and BRITT – on obverse 3 the space is wider than on obverse 2.