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Gold Sovereigns - South Africa

The Royal Mint began producing Gold Sovereigns in Pretoria, near Johannesburg, South Africa, following the conclusion of the Boer War. The coin was no longer in circulation in the UK, but it was still used across the British Empire and the Commonwealth nations.

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Production first began in 1923, with 423 test Gold Sovereigns being minted. In 1924 production began in earnest, and after nine years of minting gold for the Royal Mint the refinery in Pretoria had produced over 83.4 million Sovereign coins.

In 1941 the plant became the South African Mint and its own entity, separate from the Royal Mint's control. It still produces coins for the South African government to date.

Click here to read more about the different Sovereign Mint Marks and the nations involved in coin production.