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1/4 oz. Pure Gold Coin - The 1919 Sovereign: 100th Anniversary of the Last Issue - Mintage: 1,000 (2019)

1/4 oz. Pure Gold Coin - The 1919 Sovereign: 100th Anniversary of the Last Issue - Mintage: 1,000 (2019)

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Mintage: 1,000
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Re-visit the last issue of the 1919 British Sovereign coin, a key piece of our history. Order today!

Step into the past—our past—with a 99.99% pure gold tribute to the 1919 British gold sovereign coin. The historic piece was the last gold sovereign to be struck at our Ottawa facility. With the exception of the amended dates of “1919-2019”, the reverse design is nearly identical to the original piece—including the same “C” mint mark that stands for “Canada.”

A spectacular historical addition to your gold coin display! Order today!

Special features:
  • “C” STANDS FOR “CANADA!” The reverse design of your coin is nearly identical to the original piece—including a “C” mint mark that denotes Canada as the country of production.
  • A SPECIAL 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! A magnificent tribute to the last issued gold sovereign coin ever by the Royal Canadian Mint (then the Ottawa branch of the Royal Mint): the 1919 British gold sovereign coin.
  • A PURE GOLD TRIBUTE! Crafted from 99.99% pure gold, the coin's reverse is a masterful recreation of the world-renowned gold coin.
  • COMMEMORATIVE DATES! Below the reverse design, the 100th anniversary is commemorated with the dates 1919 to 2019 in a font style similar to the original design.
  • AN ENHANCED FINISH! Unlike the specimen finish of the 1919 British sovereigns, this pure gold piece features a proof finish that naturally highlights the intricate nature of this classic design.
  • A SLIGHTLY SMALLER CANVAS! The 20 mm diameter is smaller than the original coin's 22.05 mm diameter.
  • A PIECE FOR HISTORY ENTHUSIASTS! This tribute to the original  1919 sovereign represents a piece of our history, and world numismatic history too. It is an ideal addition to any history-themed collection.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • LOW MINTAGE! Limited to just 1,000 coins worldwide.
  • NO GST/HST!

Design:

The reverse features Benedetto Pistrucci's neoclassical-style design for the British gold Sovereign, as it appeared on coins struck by the Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint in 1919. Saint George is shown on horseback, his left hand holding the reins while his right hand holds a sword. A dragon lies wounded at the horse's feet. Above the amended dates, “1919-2019”, a “C” mintmark denotes the country of production (Canada). The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Did you know…
  • The gold sovereign was key to the creation of a Canadian mint. The Klondike gold rush in 1896 led to renewed calls for the creation of a Dominion mint that could profitably convert Canadian-mined metals into coins. Fears of a low demand for Canadian coins and an idle mint prompted the suggestion that British sovereigns—a gold coin that was a widely accepted form of payment—could also be produced domestically. To do so, Canada's mint would have to be established as a branch of the Royal Mint. Thus, on January 2, 1908, the Ottawa branch of the Royal Mint officially opened.
  • It led to the addition of a refinery that, today, produces some of the world's purest gold coins. Original plans for our Ottawa facility didn't include a refinery, since it was assumed that bullion would be purchased from private refiners. But no domestic refinery was capable of refining gold to exacting coinage standards; instead, this new addition was completed in 1911.
  • The sovereign was primarily used for exporting funds and redeeming banknotes. Canada produced a small number of sovereigns between 1908 and 1919, with none issued in 1912 and 1915 and peak production in 1911 (256,946).

Packaging:

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.

Order today!

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Specifications

  • No.174924
  • Mintage1,000
  • Composition99.99% pure gold
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 7.8
  • Diameter (mm) 20
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value10 dollars
  • ArtistBenedetto Pistrucci (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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