The rarest of the mint mark Sovereigns with a C just above the date, indicating that it was struck in Ottawa.
The history of the Royal Canadian Mint is a fascinating tale. For the first 50 years, Canada’s coinage was actually struck at The Royal Mint in London, with Canadian Cents first being struck in the UK as far back as 1858!
With gold being discovered in the Yukon in 1900 and as Canada moved from being a British colony to an independent country in its own right, it was decided that it needed a Mint of its own and in 1901 a branch of the Royal Mint was authorised to be built in Ottawa.
The Branch Mint in Canada finally opened on the 2nd of January 1908 and it wasn’t until 1931 that they gained their independence from The Royal Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint was born.
In that 23-year period where the British Royal Mint operated in Canada, some fascinating gold coins were struck.
1911 George V Coronation Sovereign Extremely Fine
|Alloy||22 Carat Gold|
|Reverse Designer||Benedetto Pistrucci|
|Obverse Designer||Bertram Mackennal|
|Pure Metal Type||Gold|