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1902

In 1901 Edward VII became king following the death of Queen Victoria. The king only reigned for nine years, in contrast to his mother who held the title of Britain's longest reigning monarch until Her Late Majesty The Queen surpassed the record in September 2015. Although Edward became king in 1901, his first coins weren't struck until 1902.

This original Sovereign struck in and dated 1902, the year of Edward VII's coronation, features Benedetto Pistrucci's St George and the dragon on the reverse. The obverse features the first portrait of the king, known as the 'bare head' portrait, created by George William de Saulles.

Specification

Specification Value
Denomination £5
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 39.94 g
Diameter 38.60mm
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Specification Value
Obverse Designer George William de Saulles
Quality Circulating
Year 1902
Pure Metal Type Gold
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