Sri Lanka - Replica Sovereign
1908 King Edward VII
The Gold sovereigns became Bullion after 1925. With the scarcity of
genuine sovereign in the Sri Lanka market, they are now replicated
by many Jewellery Stores for sale to those who require Sovereigns
for gifts. It was traditional gift given to new born babies when
it was afordabale.
Obverse : The bare head of King Edward~VII facing right. Along periphery
legend EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: .
Original Mint Engraver George William De Saulles placed small
initials DeS in relief below the Truncation.
Additional PSA of unknown representation.
May be of local Engraver or Jewellery Store.
|Weight Legal||7.99 gms|
Reverse: St. George with Steamer flowing from Helmet, mounted on
horse rearing right, slaying with sword in right hand, the dragon on
ground. Year 1908 below the representation of ground, with designer
Benedetto Pistrucci's initials B.P. to the right.
Comparing with an Genuine Edward~VII Sovereign
the difference is obvious, The Engraving is clearly lot cruder in Replica.
Also the head looks more like that of George V rather than King Edward VII.
The replica Sovereign was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at
300 dpi It was gifted by Hatton National Bank in 20?? to customer
in a small Blue velvet covered Jewelry Box which has
HNB PATHUM UDANAYA in inside upper cover.
My Friend was happy to trade it for a genuine sovereign.