Australia. Gold coin depicting St George slaying the dragon, with the date below. Queen Victoria in the obverse.
Condition: MS 62
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|Face value||1 Soberano|
The gold pound or Sovereign is a UK currency, equivalent to one pound sterling.
The pound was first produced in 1489 under the reign of Henry VII as the largest gold coin, then worth twenty shillings, the former English currency, which corresponded to the twentieth part of the pound. This coin was minted until 1603 and only reappeared in 1817 during the great British currency reform. For a century, between 1817-1917, pounds were exclusively minted in the United Kingdom. Later its production extended to the English colonies, namely Australia (Melbourne, Sydney and Perth) during the reigns of Victoria and George V, India (Bombay), Canada (Ottawa) and finally Pretoria (South Africa).