1916 George V Sovereign | The Royal Mint

1916 George V Sovereign

Extremely Fine

  • Year-dated 1916
  • Featuring Mackennal’s portrait of George V on the coin’s obverse
  • A Sovereign in 22 carat gold
  • An original, circulated coin in ‘ Extremely Fine’ condition
Price: £570.00
  • Limited Stock
  • Delivery within 3 to 5 working days.
  • Product code: HIS1916SR

The reality of total war

In 1916 Sovereigns were still being struck in Britain but these coins mostly became part of the gold reserve held by the Bank of England. Circulating editions had all but disappeared, sacrificed to fund a war effort that demanded ever more men and resources. As the war reached its midpoint, Allied Commanders sought a decisive breakthrough on the Western Front. But their ill-conceived ‘Big Push’ would end in tragedy at the Battle of the Somme, as the men of the Pals Battalions were cut down by waves of heavy fire on that fateful first day.

This 1916 Sovereign is one of the last to be struck at The Royal Mint in London. Limited numbers were minted in 1917 and 1925, and production would continue at branch mints around the world, but only sporadically and in greatly reduced numbers. This year-dated coin features Benedetto Pistrucci’s classic St George and the dragon design, while the portrait of George V by Bertram Mackennal adorns the obverse. This coin is presented in ‘Extremely Fine’ condition.

Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Obverse Designer Bertram Mackennal
Year 1916
Pure Metal Type Gold

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