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1928 Pretoria Mint South Africa
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.
1928 represents the last year that the "large head" design was issued, with only 3 mints producing sovereigns being the Melbourne, Perth and Pretoria branches of the Royal Mint. Of a total sovereign production in that year of roughly 20 million coins Pretoria was responsible for just over 90%.
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.
The Large Head King George V portrait is seen on many of the rarest coins ever issued
When collectors examine a sovereign with the St George reverse, there are a certain number of points which are examined closely for strike & wear. From top to bottom, they are: