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Large Head

1911 - 28

The George V sovereign series was struck from 1911 to 1931 with the design changing from 1928 to 1929 with the two types being known as the Large Head and Small Head design respectively.

Large Head Design

Small Head Design

The issue was struck in Australia at the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth mints up to 1926 and only the Melbourne and Perth mints thereafter. The mint of manufacture can be determined by the letter S, M or P on the exergue above the date denoting Sydney, Melbourne and Perth respectively.

S mintmark indicating a Sydney mint issue

M mintmark indicating a Melbourne mint issue

P indicating a Perth mint issue

Most of the early half of the series, up to 1918 are reasonably easy to acquire in lower mint state grades though some years, particularly those from the Perth mint become very difficult to acquire at the MS64 level and command strong prices whenever they do come to the market. The 1918-S is the easiest date for the very high grade range making it an excellent candidate for a type set.

The latter half is home to some very difficult issues, the most famed of which being the 1920 Sydney which is known by about 4-7 examples plus one specimen, one of only two Australian coins to sell above A$1M.

a facility that produces coinsA line, usually on the reverse dividing the design from the dateThe state of a coin which shows no evidence of having been circulatedA set containing one coin of each type

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS62MS63MS64MS65MS661911-S 2,519,0006106106106108201,7002,1002,3001911-P 4,373,1656706807509502,0002,2002,4002,6001911-M 2,851,4516706806907207307601,0001,8001912-S 2,227,0006406707108108308501,1001,8001912-P 4,278,1446106106306808202,4002,6002,9001912-M 2,469,2576106106106106106107001,3001913-S 2,249,0006907107207407507501,0001,7001913-P 4,635,2876106306507301,0001,4002,0002,8001913-M 2,323,1806506606706806809001,2001,9001914-S 1,774,0007007207407707708109601,3001914-P 4,815,9966406506507609102,3002,5002,7001914-M 2,012,0297007207307507801,1002,2002,4001915-S 1,346,0006106106106106106107601,0001915-P 4,373,5966706907007107201,0002,0002,3001915-M 1,637,8396606706706801,0001,4002,0002,8001916-S 1,242,0006907107207407509301,3001,9001916-P 4,096,7216406506607307601,5001,9002,3001916-M 1,272,6347207507708108201,1001,5002,1001917-S 1,666,0006907107207407708002,1002,3001917-P 4,110,2866306406607208501,1001,5002,1001917-M 934,4696806907007201,0001,2001,6002,0001918-S 3,716,0006106106106106108001,1002,4001918-P 3,812,8846706807107707909901,3002,0001918-M 4,809,4936406506506608101,2001,6002,1001919-S 1,835,0007908509009701,3002,0002,9004,2001919-P 2,995,2166706806907107101,3001,7002,2001919-M 514,2577307708001,0001,0001,6002,0002,4001920-S 360,000*6106106101,3005,20026,000130,000610,0001920-P 2,421,1966606706806907409402,6002,8001920-M 530,2663,0004,6006,1008,90012,00013,00014,00015,0001921-S 839,0001,5002,0002,4003,1003,3007,6008,3009,1001921-P 2,314,3606806907008109001,1001,6004,2001921-M 240,1219,80018,00026,00044,00050,00057,00063,00069,0001922-S 578,00080086091098039,00043,00047,00052,0001922-P 2,298,8846406707107708101,7002,1002,3001922-M 608,3065,0008,40011,00018,00035,00053,00058,00064,0001923-S 416,0005,7009,90013,00023,00036,00057,00063,00069,0001923-P 2,124,1546606706806909501,3002,0003,0001923-M 511,1297107307507709001,0001,1001,5001924-S 394,0001,2001,4001,9002,7004,0005,1005,5006,1001924-P 1,464,4161,0001,2001,3001,5002,3002,5002,7002,9001924-M 278,1407207507708108509001,2001,9001925-S 5,632,0007107407607807908001,2001,6001925-P 1,837,9017007207401,1001,5002,1002,8003,4001925-M 3,311,6627007007107207309202,0002,3001926-S 1,031,050*9,30017,00024,00041,00059,00065,00072,00080,0001926-P 1,313,5781,1001,3001,5001,8002,7002,9003,1003,4001926-M 211,1077608108409009101,0001,6002,4001927-P 1,383,5447007207301,2001,5002,0002,3002,5001928-P 1,333,4176406506507108202,3002,5002,7001928-M 413,2081,7002,3002,8003,5004,9007,0007,6008,400 MintagePR60PR61PR62PR63PR64PR651911-M ProofUnknown      1914-S ProofUnknown       Mintage1920-S SpecimenUnique1922-S Specimen2 Known1923-S SpecimenUnique1926-S Specimen81928-M SpecimenUnknownValues are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.