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George V 1917 Sovereign London Mint AU58, rarest of the reign for London

Regular price £29,000
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George V (1911-1936), gold Sovereign, 1917, London Mint, bare head left, B.M. on truncation for engraver Bertram Mackennal, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:, rev. St. George and the Dragon, date in exergue, B.P. on upper right of exergue for designer Benedetto Pistrucci, edge milled (Bentley 363; MCE 645; Marsh 219; Fr 404B; KM 820; S.3996). Toned with some light surface marks, graded by NGC as AU58 and of the rarest 20th Century London Sovereign.

NGC Certification 6133255-001.

Mintage 1,014,714.

The Latin legends translates on obverse as "George the Fifth by the Grace of God, King of all the Britons, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India."

Despite the calendar year mintage of over one million pieces there are scant few survivors of the 1917 London issue and it is also one of the most widely faked London mint Sovereigns, this piece is of course guaranteed to be one of the genuine survivors. This date is one of the most in demand being the last of the World War I years.

The Royal Mint Museum's researcher Mr Chris Barker recently delivered part one of an excellent lecture on the scarcity of some of the sovereigns of the earlier war years and what occurred in World War II with payments in gold, and why Sovereigns were later issued in the reign of George VI with the George V design of 1925. This lecture can be watched at the British Numismatic Society website via You Tube here Chris Barker, 'In case of emergency': the return of sovereign production after the Second World War - YouTube

Provenance:

Ex-Hemisphere Collection, Baldwin Auction 88, 8th May 2014, lot 2078.

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