Sovereign 1923, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Sovereign 1923, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1971)
CoinSovereign 1923

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, 1923 and the artist's initials B.P.; the mint mark is in the ground above the middle of the date.

In 1916 the [Australian] Commonwealth Treasury ordered Melbourne to pay for gold by cheque instead of in gold coin. In 1922 arrangements were made with Melbourne that it should coin gold whenever the bullion held reached 200,000 pounds. This seems to have occurred only every six months, the coin being held to back issues of Commonwealth paper money. This did not meet the needs of the Gold Producers Association; it would appear that they were able to employ the Perth Mint for their needs. Melbourne coins of the early 1920s are very rare, most having been deposited against paper money issues [thus stayed with the bank and never entered circulation]; Perth Mint coins of the era remain common.

MintMint markTotal Mintage
Perth Mint Letter P 2,124,154 (2.1 million)
Melbourne Mint Letter M 510,870
Sydney Mint Letter S 416,000
Pretoria Mint Letters SA 719
Obverse
United Kingdom / Sovereign 1923 - obverse photo

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
United Kingdom / Sovereign 1923 - reverse photo

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, 1923 and the artist's initials B.P.; the mint mark is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse Inscription 1923
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Sovereign 1923: Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC (Pretoria Mint)
Mintage Issued: 655 (included in total)
Variety Proof (Sydney Mint)
Mintage Issued: unknown
Sovereign 1923: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Sydney Mint, Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint Pretoria Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Sydney Mint, Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Pretoria Mint circulation and proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Pretoria Mint combined mintage
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof (Pretoria Mint)
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Pretoria Mint)
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 History link
Showing 48 from a total of 148 coins of type: Sovereign (Pre-Decimal)
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 1923: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeSovereign (St George)
Issued1923
MonarchKing George V
EffigyKing George V - Bare Head, by Bertram Mackennal
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Total Mintage3,051,743 (3.1 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 IDXGAV-POXA-CLBX-EMDY
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Sovereign 1923: Photos
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Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1923
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Notes: Perth Mint.
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Coin - Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1923
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Notes: Perth Mint.
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Proof Coin - Sovereign, South Africa, 1923
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Notes: Pretoria Mint. Proof.
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Proof Coin - Sovereign, South Africa, 1923
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Notes: Pretoria Mint. Proof.
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South Africa 1923-SA sovereign
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Notes: Pretoria Mint.
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South Africa 1923-SA sovereign
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Notes: Pretoria Mint.
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Sovereign 1923: 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 (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth Mints)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4003 (Sydney), 3999 (Melbourne) and 4001 (Perth)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS180 (Sydney), S181 (Melbourne) and S182 (Perth)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 273 (Sydney), 274 (Melbourne) and 275 (Perth)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldSouth Africa 5 (Pretoria Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSouth Africa KM# 21 (Pretoria Mint)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4004 (Pretoria Mint)