King George V
|King George V and Queen Mary were crowned at Westminster Abbey on 22 June 1911. They
were subsequently enthroned as Emperor and Empress of India at New Delhi on 11 December
1911. As king and queen, George and Mary saw Britain through World War I, a difficult time
for the royal family as they had many German relatives. To stress his support for the
British, The King made over 450 visits to troops and over 300 visits to hospitals visiting
wounded servicemen, he pressed for proper treatment of German prisoners-of-war and he
pressed also for more humane treatment of conscientious objectors. On one visit to France
in 1915 he fell off his horse and broke his pelvis. In 1917 he changed the name of the
Royals from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor. He also adapted the German family-names of the
related British noble families in response to anti-German feeling (eg.
"Battenberg" became "Mountbatten")
George V took the controversial decision to deny political asylum to the Tsar Nicholas II and his family after the Bolshevik Revolution. People where shocked by George's unwillingness to protect his cousin but his advisers argued that it was important for the king to distance himself from the autocratic Russian royal family. Some people questioned this decision when it became known that the Bolsheviks had executed Tsar Nicholas, his wife and their five children.
The king had not enjoyed good health for a long time and during his final years he spent much of his time on his grand passion, philately and died of influenza on 20th January, 1936.
King George V saw his role as monarch as being to embody those qualities his far-flung subjects saw as their greatest strengths - diligence, dignity & duty. Seemingly to emphasize this, King George V was the only monarch whose effigy appeared on sovereigns from all seven mints. George reigned during the height of the Royal Mint's reach, but the tumultuous events of World War I, the collapse of the international monetary system and the demise of the gold standard meant that he would be the last King to grace the sovereign.
The reverse depicts St George mounted with a streamer flowing from his helmet, slaying the dragon with a sword. The date appears below the exergue line with the initials B.P. to the right, the mintmark ( if applicable ) appears in the centre of the exergue line directly above the date.
|King George V
1911 - 1928
|1911 Proof||3,764||Extremely Rare|
|Bombay Branch Mint issues one year type 1918|
|Pretoria Mint , South Africa commences operations 1923|
| King George V
1929 - 1932
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