Uncrowned portrait of King Edward VII right, legend around. Lettering: EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F:D: IND: IMP: Translation: Edward the Seventh by the Grace of God King of all the Britains Defender of the Faith Emperor of India Engraver:
St. George slaying the dragon right, date in exergue. Note: mintmark varieties exist (see below) Lettering: 1908 B.P. 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.