Amongst all other gold bullion coins, Gold Sovereign coins are special for their size, their design, but above all for their history. What really sets these beautiful coins apart is that except for legal tender they were actually coins in circulation in Great Britain when WW I broke out in 1914, although it was the same year that the countdown began for almost all the European countries to leave the gold standard.
From 1911 until 1932 the portrait of King George V was on the obverse side of the Gold Sovereign. 1914-1918 coins were minted in London (until 1917) and Australia (Sydney, Melbourne and Perth), the latter bearing small mintmarks for quality control and identification purposes, while the last George V Sovereign was minted in 1932 in Pretoria, South Africa; Sovereign coin production resumed in 1957.
George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions (also Emperor of India) from 6 May 1910 until his death. George was a grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.
From 1877 to 1891, he served in the Royal Navy. On the death of Victoria in 1901, George’s father became King Edward VII, and George was made Prince of Wales. On his father’s death in 1910, he succeeded as King-Emperor of the British Empire.
First World War
As a result of the First World War (1914–18), most other European empires fell while the British Empire expanded to its greatest effective extent. In 1917, King George V became the first monarch of the House of Windsor which he renamed from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Two months after the end of the war, the King’s youngest son John died at the age of 13 after a lifetime of illness.
In May 1922, the King toured Belgium and northern France, visiting the First World War cemeteries and memorials being constructed by the Imperial War Graves Commission. The tour and one short visit to Italy in 1923 were the only times the King agreed to leave the United Kingdom on official business after the end of the war.
George’s reign saw the rise of socialism, communism, fascism, and the Indian independence movement, all of which radically changed the political landscape, resulting in a redesign of the monarchy’s social role to be more inclusive of the working class and its representatives. George adopted a more democratic stance that crossed class lines and brought the monarchy closer to the public.
King George V was plagued by illness throughout much of his reign and at his death was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII.
WW I Gold Sovereign coins
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