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The King Edward VII sovereign gold coin was issued between 1902 and 1910.
The obverse portrays King Edward VII. Around his effigy is the text “EDWARDS VII DG BRITT OMN REX FD IND IMP” which translates as “Edward the seventh, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britons, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India”.
The reverse displays the motif of the Christian martyr St. George slaying the dragon. The design was made by the acclaimed Italian engraver and chief medallist at the Royal Mint, Benedetto Pistrucci. The year of mintage is shown at the bottom.
The King Edward VII sovereign gold coin
The obverse of the coin portrays King Edward VII, the eldest son of Queen Victoria. Born in 1841, he acceded to the throne in 1901 and ruled until his death in 1910. King Edward VII was related to a large number of royal families throughout Europe, an aspect that was an advantage in his active role in the fields of foreign affairs. He was called “Peacemaker” as he fostered good relations between the dignitaries of other European countries. However, he was not fond of his nephew Kaiser Wilhelm II, who at the time was the German Emperor. Edward’s aversion to Wilhelm would eventually worsen diplomatic relations between Germany and Britain. Although his period of rule was short, he governed in a period of peace and plenty. The wealth created during the preceding Victorian era had created widespread prosperity, which was now being enjoyed. Britain, although economically falling behind the United States and Germany, was still the leading nation in global trade and shipping. The period between the 1900s and leading up to World War I would mark the height of the British Empire.
|Great Britain Gold Sovereigns Edward VII||Gold weight|
|Weight||Nominal||Diameter in mm||Sample||Weight in g||Grams|
|7.99 g||1 sovereign||22.05||22 karats||7.98805||7.315|