Sovereign 1917, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Sovereign 1917, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1971)
CoinSovereign 1917

A circular gold coin (22 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a bare head of George V facing left; below, the artist's initials B.M.; around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN:REX F.D. IND:IMP:.

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 pierced by a broken lance, the haft of the lance is on the ground behind the horse; the date, 1917 and artist's initials B.P. in exergue; the mint mark (if any; coins minted at the Royal Mint in London do not have a mint mark) in ground line above middle of date.

Minted in numbers that just eclipsed the million mark, the 1917 Royal Mint London sovereign was never truly released, the Bank of England holding it in reserve during World War I. Later, almost the entirety of the date was exported to war allies as repayment for debts accrued. As history allows us to deduct, most of these wound up going to the U.S. and their likely resting place at Fort Knox. When the Gold Reserve Act was passed in January of 1934, significant amounts of gold specie was melted and re-barred, including what turned out to be most of the mintage of the 1917 sovereigns. Today, while the exact number of survivors is unknown, infrequent appearances at auction allows this date to maintain its legendary status.

MintMint markTotal Mintage
Perth Mint Letter P 4,110,286 (4.1 million)
Sydney Mint Letter S 1,666,000 (1.7 million)
Royal Mint London No mint mark 1,014,714 (1.0 million)
Melbourne Mint Letter M 934,469
Royal Mint Ottawa Letter C 15,845
Obverse
United Kingdom / Sovereign 1917 - obverse photo

Head of King George V facing left; on neck truncation, the artist's initials B.M. (for Bertram Mackennal); 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
United Kingdom / Sovereign 1917 - reverse photo

St. George on horseback holding short sword and wearing a helmet, cape and boots, the horse rearing over dragon whose side is pierced by a broken lance, the haft of the lance is on the ground behind the horse; the date, 1917 and artist's initials B.P. in exergue; the mint mark (if any) in ground line above middle of date.

Reverse Inscription 1917
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Ottawa Mint sovereigns do not seem to be listed in Krause catalogues.

Sovereign 1917: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint Royal Mint London and Royal Mint Ottawa
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 London and Royal Mint Ottawa mintage
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Sydney Mint, Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint mintage
CoinFactsWiki History link
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Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Sovereign 1898 12,418,485 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1899 17,045,127 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1900 20,604,734 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1901 11,467,982 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1902 16,122,198 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1903 19,891,190 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1904 21,278,022 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1905 17,198,434 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1906 21,746,651 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1907 29,302,643 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1908 21,702,207 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F:D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1909 21,784,151 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1910 32,287,808 King Edward VII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1911 40,048,431 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Sovereign 1912 39,292,322 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1913 33,750,854 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1914 20,118,033 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1915 27,652,715 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1916 8,171,636 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1917 7,741,314 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1918 13,900,265 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1919 5,480,498 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1920 3,311,196 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1921 3,339,481 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1922 3,485,190 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1923 3,051,743 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1924 2,139,740 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1925 21,276,258 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1926 13,663,346 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1927 18,073,404 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1928 19,981,682 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1929 14,067,451 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1930 12,020,682 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1931 9,743,139 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1932 1,066,680 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Sovereign 1937 Edward VIII (not released) 6 King Edward VIII - Bare Head EDWARDVS VIII D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) 5,501 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Sovereign 1953 (not released) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REGINA F: D: +
Sovereign 1957 2,072,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1958 8,700,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : +
Sovereign 1959 1,385,228 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1962 3,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1963 7,400,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1964 3,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1965 3,800,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1966 7,050,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1967 5,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
Sovereign 1968 4,203,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: +
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Sovereign 1917: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeSovereign (St George)
Issued1917
MonarchKing George V
EffigyKing George V - Bare Head, by Bertram Mackennal
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Total Mintage7,741,314 (7.7 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1971
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size22.050 mm
Thickness1.520 mm
Mass7.988 g
OCC IDDANM-QOPY-CPDY-EJYG
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Sovereign 1917: Photos
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Great Britain 1917 sovereign
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Great Britain 1917 sovereign
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Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1917
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Notes: Sydney Mint.
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Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1917
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Australia 1917-S sovereign
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Notes: Sydney Mint.
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Australia 1917-S sovereign
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Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1917
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Notes: Perth Mint.
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Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1917
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Notes: Perth Mint.
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Australia 1917-P sovereign
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Notes: Perth Mint.
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Australia 1917-P sovereign
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Notes: Perth Mint.
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Canada 1917-C sovereign
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Notes: Ottawa Mint.
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Canada 1917-C sovereign
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Notes: Ottawa Mint.
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Sovereign 1917: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 262 (Royal Mint London)
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth CoinsGreat Britain KM# 820 (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3996 (Royal Mint London)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 38 (Sydney), 39 (Melbourne), 40 (Perth)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 29 (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth Mints)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4003 (Sydney), 3999 (Melbourne) and 4001 (Perth)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 255 (Sydney), 256 (Melbourne) and 257 (Perth)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS162 (Sydney), S163 (Melbourne) and S164 (Perth)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldCanada 2 (Royal Mint Ottawa)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3997 (Ottawa Mint)