The bust of Queen Victoria facing left
Lettering: VICTORIA D:G: BRTITT:REG:F:D:
King George stabbing a horse Lettering: M S B.P. 1889 Engraver:
The standard weight of a sovereign was 160/623 troy ounce (123.3 grains). The pure gold content was 113 1/623 grains (7.3224 g).
For issues with mintmark M, P or S below horse’s right rear hoof, Australia Sovereign Coinage (M = Melbourne mint, P = Perth mint, S = Sydney mint).
For issues with mintmark SA below horse’s right rear hoof, South Africa Sovereign Coinage (Pretoria mint).
For issues with mintmark I below horse’s right rear hoof, India (British) Sovereign Coinage (Bombay mint).
Issues with mintmark C below horse’s right rear hoof were struck at the Ottawa mint under authority and instruction of the Royal Mint, London, and can be found listed under the UK.
Full Sovereigns are a great value small gold coin, made from 22 carat gold by the Royal Mint.
These coins bear a face value, and thus qualify as British Legal tender. Due to this status they are Capital Gains Tax Free (CGT Exempt), so ideal for British investors.
*Metal and stone weights are approximate.