Some of these Sovereigns (as they are called) were also issued by Bombay mint in 1918 (because Bombay mint was declared as a Branch of London Mint and these issues bear the Bombay mint mark). Thereafter, a Sovereign having the same specifications as the 1918 issues, has only now been minted in India by MMTC-PAMP bearing the “I” mint mark (under licence from the Royal Mint U.K.) i.e. after a gap of 95 years in 2013.
One of the coins which is only a representative specimen of such coins issued all over the British Empire, in my coin collection is given below:
(meaning “George V, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britons, defender of the Faith, Emperor of India"). The bare head of the King is facing left. There is a finely toothed border within twin concentric corcles and raised rim on both sides. The initials of the designer of the obverse side image are on the right hand side of the neck of the bust.
Pistrucci’s design of St. George is strongly reminiscent of the marble relief sculptures which were part of the ornamental frieze which decorated the Parthenon in Athens, which showed some 400 human figures and 200 animals taking part in a lively procession. The horsemen in this frieze provide a realistic impression of movement, their face and body expressions conveying skill and confidence as they keep their horses under firm control. Pistrucci’s design of St. George shows a naked Roman horseman mounted on a Parthenon-style horse, with the horse adopting an aggressive attitude towards the wounded dragon, yet effortlessly kept in check by St. George.
(For more on the silver & gold coins issued during the reign of George V in India, please click on the following link: Gold & silver coins issued in India during the reign of George V).
Thumb Rule: The Sovereign should have a standard fineness of 916.666. The alloy used in modern Sovereigns has traditionally been copper and Sovereigns struck in India in 1918 as well as in 2013 conform to this traditional composition.
Posted on 04.08.14:
I have yesterday acquired a gold Sovereign minted by MMTC-PAMP in India during the year 2014. The specifications of this coin are the same as the earlier 2013 coin.
Reverse of the Gold Sovereign contained in a stylized coin card issued by MMTC-PAMP in India. The coin card shows an image of St. George slaying the dragon. The “I” mint mark is engraved in the centre of the mound representing that this coin has been made in India. The initials of the reverse coin designer “BP” (Benedetto Pistrucci) appear below the right hand side of the mound. On the coin card is mentioned “The 2014 Sovereign”.
An image of the information booklet titled :"Certificate of Authority". Notice that on the Certificate image towards the middle is mentioned "Reverse designer: Benedetto Pistrucci".
An image of the coin specifications as contained in the "Certificate of Authenticity Booklet" mentioning "Reverse designer: Paul Day".
I have taken up with MMTC-PAMP as follows:
I have recently bought Gold Sovereigns minted by MMTC PAMP in 2013 & 2014. The Royal Mint Authentication certificate on both the coins mentions that "Benedetto Pistrucci" is the Reverse side coin designer, but the information booklet issued with the 2013 Sovereign, accompanying the coins mentions that the Reverse designer as "Paul Day". I am aware that the reverse design of the 2012 Gold sovereign was made by Paul Day. Either the Royal Mint Authentication Certificate is wrong or the information contained in the accompanying booklet is wrong. Please reconcile this discrepancy & let me know what is the correct position."
MMTC-PAMP response has not come even though more than a year has passed (04.12.15).
About Benedetto Pistrucci (20.05.1783 – 16.09.1855), the famous reverse designer of the St. George slaying the Dragon image:
The Patron Saint of England: St. George was also regarded as a Christian Martyr who took part in the First Crusade and a shrine of George exists at Lydda which is also the location where the Greek hero Perseus rescued Princess Andromeda from an evil sea-serpent. By the 13th century, St. George the dragon slayer had gained the red cross of a crusading knight and had come to represent the victory of good over evil. In England, he became the national patron saint and the chivalric cult of St. George led to the creation of the Order of the Garter founded in 1348 by Edward III, with its insignia containing the badge or jewel of St. George slaying the dragon.
Posted on 20.12.2014:
A total of 100 two-coin sets will be sold by the Royal Mint, UK.
Posted on 04.12.2015:
Reverse of the Gold Sovereign contained in a stylized coin card issued by MMTC-PAMP in India. The coin card shows an image of St. George slaying the dragon. The “I” mint mark is engraved in the centre of the mound representing that this coin has been made in India. The initials of the reverse coin designer “BP” (Benedetto Pistrucci) appear below the right hand side of the mound. On the coin card is mentioned “The 2015 Sovereign”.
Obverse of the Gold Sovereign contained in the coin card. It shows an image of the Queen facing right. The peripheral inscription is “ELIZABETH.II. DEI.GRA. REGINA.FID.DEF.” (MEANING “Elizabeth II By the Grace of God Queen, Defender of the Faith). Below the Queen’s neck on her portrait are the initials “IRB” (standing for Ian Rank-Broadley, the designer of this Queen’s portrait).
As a new Queen Elizabeth II's portrait has been introduced in 2015 made by Jody Clark (initials JC), I wonder, if MMTC-PAMP will offer Collectors the new Portrait of the Queen in 2016 or continue with the same dies.
Posted on 17.12.2016:
Below is the image of a gold Sovereign minted by MMTC-PAMP in India during the year 2016. The specifications of this coin are the same as the earlier 2013, 2014 and 2015 coins:
Reverse of the Gold Sovereign contained in a stylized coin card issued by MMTC-PAMP in India. The coin card shows an image of St. George slaying the dragon. The “I” mint mark is engraved in the centre of the mound representing that this coin has been made in India. The initials of the reverse coin designer “BP” (Benedetto Pistrucci) appear below the right hand side of the mound. On the coin card is mentioned “The 2016 Sovereign”.
Obverse of the Gold Sovereign contained in the coin card. It shows an image of the Queen facing right. The peripheral inscription is “ELIZABETH.II. DEI.GRA. REGINA.FID.DEF.” (MEANING “Elizabeth II By the Grace of God Queen, Defender of the Faith).
As a new Queen Elizabeth II's portrait has been introduced in 2015 made by Jody Clark (initials JC) below the Queen's neck, this Sovereign bears the new Portrait of the Queen.
(The MMTC-PAMP created Sovereigns in 2013, 2014 & 2016 have been brought for my Collection by Jayant Biswas from Mumbai/New Delhi. The 2015 Sovereign is from the collection of Jayant Biswas. Post researched and written and coins scanned for this post by Rajeev Prasad)
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3) Currency & Coinage of the Bailiwick of Guernsey
4) Currency & Coinage of Gibraltar : An Overseas Territory of Great Britain
5) Coinage of Gibraltar: (A British Overseas Territory): An Uncirculated Decimal Coin Collection Set minted by the Tower Mint, UK in 2010
6) The Isle of Man: An Uncirculated Decimal Coin Collection Set minted by Pobjoy Mint, UK in 2015
7) The Centenary of the ill-fated Titanic (15.04.1912 - 15.04.2012): An Alderney Five Pound Coin Commemorating the Maritime Legend
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1) Gold Sovereigns issued in 2013 & 2014 by MMTC-PAMP in India under licence from the Royal Mint, UK, carrying the "I" Mint Mark
2) Gold Half-Sovereigns minted by MMTC-PAMP in India in 2014 under licence from the Royal Mint UK bearing the "I" Mint Mark
1) A 20 Pound Silver coin minted for the first timr by the royal Mint UK: reverse design carries the famous St. George slaying the dragon design found on Gold Sovereigns
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4) George V King Emperor Coinage
5) George VI: The last of the British India Emperors Coinage
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1) Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations (1952-2012): A Five Pound Commemorative coin issued by the Royal Mint, UK
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Banknotes from Scotland:
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