Mintmarks on Gold Sovereigns - All Seven Mints

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Branch Mints
Since 1871, British sovereigns were struck at branch mints, in addition to the Royal Mint in London.
The first branch mint to strike sovereigns was Sydney in Australia. It made good sense to produce British sovereigns close to the gold mining source areas, rather than ship the gold to London to be made into coin, then possibly ship it back again.
In 1872, the Melbourne mint followed.
The Perth, Australia mint started production of sovereigns in 1899, and the Ottawa mint in Canada started in 1908.
The Bombay mint in India struck sovereigns in just one year, 1918, and the Pretoria mint in South Africa started production in 1923.

Mintmarks
The mintmarks used by the various mints are as follows:-

Mint                                                          Mintmark    First     Last
Royal Mint, London, Later Llantrisant          None            1817     Present
Sydney                                                        S                  1871     1926
Melbourne                                                  M                  1872     1931
Perth                                                           P                   1899     1931
Ottawa, Canada                                          C                  1908      1919
Bombay, India                                             I                   1918      1918
Pretoria, South Africa                                  SA                1923      1932


Victoria Young Head
On Victoria young head sovereigns with shield reverse, the mintmarks are to be found on the reverse below the wreath but above the rose.
For the Victoria young head St. George issues, the mintmark appears on the obverse under the head.



Later Issues
On later issues, the mintmarks are to be found on the ground above the centre of the date. Many collectors find the mintmarks very difficult to find at their first attempt, but it really is quite easy once you know where to look. It helps of course to use a magnifying glass, we use a x10 magnification.
Our photographs show a close-up of the date and mintmark for all seven of the branch mints operating during the twentieth century.



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