Coin Magazine

7 May 2015
The Saint, the Dragon and the Golden Sovereign
The Saint, the Dragon and the Golden Sovereign

In the great days of the British Empire - Sovereign coins were also issued in other countries of the Empire. Six mint shops issued local Sovereign coins, usually with the same or similar design of the British coins (which have no sign of mint), but sometimes with a different design:

There were three mint shops in Australia: from 1855 to 1870 in Sydney only, with no sign of mint. Later mint shops were opened in Melbourne (mint mark M), Sydney (S) and Perth (P, Only since -1899) and made their mark on the world of Sovereign until 1931. Between 1871 and 1887 models of a dragon and a protective shield were also minted. In the dragon models the mint sign M or S appear on the front side of the coin, under... Read More

29 Apr 2015
The Saint, the Dragon and the Golden Sovereign (Part 1)
The Saint, the Dragon and the Golden Sovereign (Part 1)

 

By: Amos Bavarsky

The figure of St. George In one of his trips to Libya a man named George arrived on a horse in a city paralyzed and overwhelmed with fear. A ferocious dragon settled in a nearby cave and demanded that every day the residents should sacrifice an innocent girl to quell his anger and prevent him from taking out his rage on the townspeople. The residents begged George to save them since the only girl left was the king's daughter who was destined to be sacrificed the following day. Equipped with spear and sword, St. George stood against the dragon and hit him with his spear, but the... Read More