Gold coins of George V

During the reign of George V, gold coins were minted across the British Empire. These coins bore George V's portrait on the obverse and various designs on the reverse, reflecting the political and cultural context of the time. Here are some of the main types of gold coins minted during George V's reign:

Sovereign: The sovereign was the flagship gold coin of the British Empire, with a denomination of one pound sterling (£1). These coins were minted in large quantities and were used for international trade and as a store of value. They typically featured George V's portrait on the obverse and the iconic St. George and the Dragon design on the reverse.

Half-Sovereign: The half-sovereign was a smaller gold coin with a denomination of half a pound sterling (£0.50). These coins were also widely circulated and used for smaller transactions. They featured similar designs to the sovereign, with George V's portrait on the obverse and the St. George and the Dragon design on the reverse.

Two-Pound Coin: In addition to sovereigns and half-sovereigns, George V's reign saw the introduction of gold two-pound coins, also known as double sovereigns. These coins had a higher denomination and were typically issued in limited quantities for special occasions or as collector's pieces.

Five-Pound Coin: Gold five-pound coins, also known as quintuple sovereigns, were occasionally minted during George V's reign, usually as commemorative or presentation pieces. These coins had a higher denomination and were often struck in smaller numbers for collectors and enthusiasts.

Gold Guinea: While the guinea was no longer a standard circulating currency during George V's reign, commemorative gold guineas were occasionally minted as collector's items. These coins typically featured special designs or commemorated important events.

These gold coins played a significant role in international trade and finance during George V's reign. They are sought after by collectors of British coins and serve as important historical artifacts from the early 20th century.

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