Benedetto Pistrucci's engraving of St. George slaying the Dragon is what is most associated with the Sovereign. It was first introduced in 1817 and used till 1825 when it was replaced with a Armorial shield, used from 1825 to 1874 in Royal Mint in London. The St. George design was reintroduced in 1871 and has since been the primary design.
Note Young Head Queen Victoria, St George Sovereigns were minted with Mint mark on obverse below the truncation.
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Minted after 1869 they would become legal tender in Ceylon only after the sovereign was re-legalised by Proclamation of King Edward VII in 1901. They would have only come to Ceylon in circulation, not by importation by Government of Ceylon.
Ref: The Gold Sovereign. by M. A. Marsh.
1999, Cambridge U.K., 2nd ed. 118pp. Illustr. colour
The Sovereign was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 300 dpi It was obtained in USA around 2000.