1926 Gold Sovereign South Africa


The 1926 Gold Sovereign, South Africa Mint.

The 1926 South Africa Sovereign depicts Benedetto Pistrucci’s famous portrayal of St George slaying the dragon on the reverse of the coin. The small letters 'SA' above the date indicates the sovereign was produced in the South African Mint.

The edge is reeded.

King George V’s portrait by Bertram Mackennal can be seen on the obverse of the coin.


Mintage: 11,107,611 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The South African Mint.
Remember 1926 ?
Monarch is George V. Prime Minister is Stanley Baldwin (Conservative). US President is Calvin Coolidge. The UK General Strike begins. John Logie Baird demonstrates a mechanical television. The red telephone box introduced. The first British Grand Prix held at the Brooklands circuit (near Weybridge). Jack Hobbs scores 316 runs at match at Lord's. Agatha Christie disappears. A. A. Milne publishes Winnie-the-Pooh.
George V (1910-1936)
George V was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936 and was King during World War 1. George was the second son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), and grandson of Queen Victoria. After his death he was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII.

In 1919-20, the Silver price rose dramatically so .925 silver coins began to made in 0.500 siver. Gold Sovereigns were produced in large quantities early in George's reign - over 30 million in 1911 and again in 1912, although there was no bullion sovereigns issued 1918-1924 (Commonwealth mints did continue mintage).
General Description: Sovereigns
The 1926 Gold Sovereign South Africa is an example of the Gold Sovereign and is one of the most ubiquitous of all coins and much sought after by both coin collectors and bullion investors. Sovereigns have been minted since 1817 (in Britain 1817-1917, 1925 and 1957 on). At coins fairs you often hear the dealers refer to these coins as Sovs.

Besides being minted in Britain, Sovereigns have been made in Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Perth), India (then Bombay, now Mumbai), Canada (Ottowa) and South Africa (Pretoria) although these regional mints have not made sovereigns since 1932. The non-British coins carry a small mintmark ('S','M','P','I','C' or 'SA') just above the date. This 1926 Gold Sovereign South Africa was minted at The South African Mint.

The Obverse is the Monarch's head (George V) and the Reverse is most often St George and the Dragon, although other backs have been used and are of interest to collectors. The Reverse often gives the Sovs a new term, like "ShieldBacks".

Specifications for the Gold Sovereign
 
  • Weight: 7.9881g
  • Diameter: 22.05 mm
  • Thickness: 1.52 mm
  • Purity: 22 carat = 91.67% (11/12ths gold, 1/12th copper. Adding copper makes the coin more scratch and dent resistant)
  • Gold Content: 113 grains = 7.3224 g = 0.2354 troy ounce
  • Face value: £1 = 20 shillings
  • Monarch: George V

History

Up until 1604 there was a coin called the English gold sovereign and in 1816 when there was the "Great Recoinage" the name was revived. At that time standard gold (22 carat) was valued at £46 14s 6d per troy pound; this meant a £1 coin needed to weigh 123.2744783 grains or 7.988030269 g. The weight is still the same today.

As a historical note: to maintain the Gold Standard, in 1816 the value of silver was set at 66 shillings for one troy pound and silver coins were only legal for denominations up to £2.

The first sovereigns carried the head of King George III and the famous George and the Dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci (29 May 1783 – 16 September 1855), an Italian engraver who became chief medallist at the Royal Mint.

With high value coins such as the 1926 Gold Sovereign South Africa, collectors and bullion investors often worry about forgeries but actually gold coins are very difficult to forge due to gold's unique properties of density and colour. Gold is extremely dense and to use another metal and gold-plate it would result in a coin that is under-weight, over-diameter or half as thick, something that would be spotted very easily. More difficult to spot would be a bullion coin melted down and re-cast as a highly collectable date, but an expert can usually tell these too. You should always use reputable dealers.

Which Mint: The South African Mint
The South African Mint Company Limited is the official mint of the Republic of South Africa. Headquarters are in Centurion, Gauteng Province near Pretoria. The mint manufactures coins on behalf of the South African Reserve Bank
Country of Origin: South Africa
South Africa is officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA) It is the southernmost country in Africa.

The coins of the South African rand are part of the physical form of South Africa's currency, the South African rand. In 1961, South Africa replaced the pound with a decimal currency: 100 cents (100c) = 1 rand (R1), 1 rand being valued at 10 shillings and 1 cent at 1.2 pence.

The Krugerrand is one of the World's most famous gold coins, being 1oz of fine gold.
If you don't see a coin in the list below try the Sovereigns page on eBay UK

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1926 King George V Full Gold Sovereign VF+ With South Africa Mint Mark
1926 King George V Full Gold Sovereign VF+ With South Africa Mint Mark
£ 635.00
1926 King George V Full Gold Sovereign, South Africa
1926 King George V Full Gold Sovereign, South Africa
£ 525.00
Half SOVEREIGN 1926 SA GEORGE V GOLD COIN Pretoria, F-UNC AU50 3,675g Fine Gold #5
Half SOVEREIGN 1926 SA GEORGE V GOLD COIN Pretoria, F-UNC AU50 3,675g Fine Gold #5
£ 257.07
1926-SA South Africa Gold 1/2 Sovereign MS 62 ANACS
1926-SA South Africa Gold 1/2 Sovereign MS 62 ANACS
£ 270.71
1926 King George V Full Gold Sovereign, South Africa Mint, High Grade In Case.
1926 King George V Full Gold Sovereign, South Africa Mint, High Grade In Case.
£ 528.00
RARE  WTC TRADE CENTER RECOVERY COIN GOLD S. AFRICA SOVEREIGN 9/11/01 PCGS
RARE WTC TRADE CENTER RECOVERY COIN GOLD S. AFRICA SOVEREIGN 9/11/01 PCGS
£ 7,475.74
1926 SA Full Gold Sovereign Rare South Africa Coim Great Investment
1926 SA Full Gold Sovereign Rare South Africa Coim Great Investment
£ 489.00

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