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Coin - Half Sovereign, Western Australia, Australia, 1908 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 32396

Summary:
Australia Western Australia
Half Sovereign 1908 P
Mint: Perth
Description:
A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a bare head of King Edward VII facing right; around, EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F:D: IND:IMP: below the head in tiny letters the artist's initials DES. The reverse features St. George on horseback holding short sword, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1908 and the artist's initials B.P.. The mint mark P is in the ground above the middle of the date.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 19 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 3.984 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: saint george the dragon
Themes this item is part of: George William de Saulles, Sculptor, Designer & Engraver (1862-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, HRH Edward VII (1841-1910), Perth Mint, Medal & Coin Makers, East Perth, Western Australia, George William De Saulles, Medallist (1862-1903)
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Western Australia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Imperial Gold
DateEra: 1908 AD
Denomination: Half Sovereign
Obverse Description: Head of King Edward VII facing right; around, EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F:D: IND:IMP: below the head in tiny letters the artist's initials DES.
Reverse Description: St. George on horseback holding short sword, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1908 and the artist's initials B.P.. The mint mark P is in the ground above the middle of the date.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F:D: IND:IMP: DES
Reverse: 1908 P B.P.
Shape: Round
Material: Gold
Issued By: King Edward VII, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Mint: Perth (Mint)
Artist: Benedetto Pistrucci - Royal Mint, London
Artist: George de Saulles - Royal Mint, London

Comments

K Williams Posted on 14 Jan 2010 12:51 AM
could you tell me how I can tell the difference between an Australian minted 1908 half sovereign and a London minted one...thanks
Discovery Centre Posted on 14 Jan 2010 3:17 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Australian coins in this series have a mintmark on the reverse side of the coin above the centre of the date: "S" for Sydney, "M" for Melbourne and "P" for Perth.
P Jones Posted on 10 Feb 2010 7:18 PM
Can you tell me how much gold in ounces is in a half soverign?

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