In 1917, Sovereigns were struck in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Ottawa. The Canadian issue has by far the lowest mintage figures from that year with only 48,875 Sovereigns struck.
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Operation Alberich - In February 1917, after huge German losses were suffered in the previous year’s Battle of the Somme, Commanders in Chief Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg and General Erich Ludendorff, authorised a new defensive line in France, running from Vailly-sur-Ainse through to Arras, shortening their defensive line by 30 miles.
This new defensive strategy proved troublesome for British and French troops and many experts believe it was a major factor in extending the war by another year.
As such, 1917 has become a highly desirable year date Sovereign.
|Alloy||22 Carat Gold|
|Reverse Designer||Benedetto Pistrucci|
|Obverse Designer||Edgar Bertram Mackennal|
|Pure Metal Type||Gold|