British Empire, Australia, King Edward VII (1901-1910 AD), Gold Sovereign (7.98g, 22mm), 1907 M, Royal mint, Melbourne branch. Obverse: Bare Head of King Edward VII facing to the right, engraver’s initials ‘DeS.’ (George William De Saulles) below, legend surrounds, “EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F:D: IND: IMP:”. Reverse: Saint George, wielding sword and wearing plumed helmet and billowing cloak, mounted atop his horse which rears right above a fallen dragon, his broken lance remains half embedded and the shaft rests to the left on the exergual ground-line above mint master’s initials ‘wwp’ (William Wellesley Pole), mintmark central on exergual line, Engraver’s initials ‘B.P’ (Benedetto Pistrucci) and date in exergue. Bentley-819; McDonald-226; Marsh-191; Friedberg-33; Spink-3971; KM-15. Calendar year mintage 3,331,000. Certified and graded by PCGS as Mint State 63.
The Obverse Latin legend reads “Edwardus Septimus, Deī Grātiā, Britanniārum Omnium Rēx, Fideī Dēfēnsor, Indiae Imperātor”, with an English translation of “Edward the Seventh, by the Grace of God, King of all the British People, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India”.