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1923 Pretoria Mint Proof Gold Sovereign
22 Carat Gold
|King George V saw his role as monarch as being to embody those
qualities his far-flung subjects saw as their greatest strengths - diligence, dignity &
Australian designer Bertram Mackennal obviously held these values in mind when casting his portrait.
1923 is the first year that Pretoria Mint produced sovereigns. Estimates vary from 24 to 713 struck for circulation with just 655 proofs being produced and used in the sets.
The King George V "Large Head" obverse appeared on sovereigns during an era of change and turmoil. The effects of events as momentous as World War I and the Great Depression were felt for many decades to follow, influencing the rarity of many sovereigns.
There is much variation in the depth to which this portrait is struck. The points to examine when grading this obverse are: