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Coin: Sovereign 1920
Description

A gold coin (22.05 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, 1920 and the artist's initials B.P.; the mint mark is in the ground above the middle of the date.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal) (United Kingdom pre-decimal pound sterling (1801 - 1971))
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeSovereign (St George)
Year1920 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage3,311,196 (3.3 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Perth Mint Letter P 2,421,196 (2.4 million)
Melbourne Mint Letter M 530,000 (530000)
Sydney Mint Letter S 360,000 (360000), Rarity: R7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known)
Material0.9167 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

Head of King George V facing left; 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, 1920 and the artist's initials B.P.; the mint mark is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse inscription1920
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Despite the recorded mintage of 360,000 for the Sydney branch of the Royal Mint, there are only 4 examples known of this sovereign which Renniks calls "Australia's rarest gold coin".

Sovereign 1920: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Sydney Mint) unknown
Sovereign 1920: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 38 (Sydney), 39 (Melbourne), 40 (Perth)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 29
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4003 (Sydney), 3999 (Melbourne) and 4001 (Perth)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 264 (Sydney), 265 (Melbourne) and 266 (Perth)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS171 (Sydney), S172 (Melbourne) and S173 (Perth)
Sovereign 1920: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Sydney Mint, Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Sydney Mint, Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint mintage
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Proof (Sydney Mint)
Sovereign 1920: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
Gold Sovereigns: 1920 Gold Sovereigns 1920M George V Australian Gold Sovereign - Silveragecoins.com
1920P George V Australian Gold Sovereign - Silveragecoins.com 1920S George V Australian Gold Sovereign - Silveragecoins.com
Sovereign 1920: Some useful external links
Sterling and Currency: The 1920 Sydney Sovereign - The Greatest Gold Rarity of the British Empire George V 1920 Gold Sovereigns
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