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British Sovereign Kings (1901-1952)
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The British Sovereigns featuring Kings from 1901 to 1952, spanning the reigns of Edward VII, George V, and George VI, are emblematic gold coins that exude the evolving monarchical history of early 20th-century Britain. Beginning with Edward VII, sovereigns bore his likeness in a right-facing portrait by George William de Saulles, transitioning to the left-facing effigy of George V by Bertram Mackennal, which included a more pronounced mustache and a royal crown. During George VI's tenure, despite the tumult of World War II, his sovereigns were minted up until 1937 and depicted a left-facing portrait without a crown, designed by Humphrey Paget. These coins maintained the historical purity of 91.67% (22 carats), each with an actual gold weight of 0.2354 troy ounces (7.322 grams). The reverse design continued to showcase the iconic image of St. George slaying the dragon, crafted by Benedetto Pistrucci, a timeless symbol of bravery and the spirit of the British Empire. Collectively, these sovereigns not only represented the monetary stability of the era but also the continuity of tradition amid a period of global changes and challenges.
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