In the 19th century, the Royal Mint adopted a policy of striking Gold Sovereigns as close to the mining source of the gold as possible. For the Australian colony, this meant establishing branch mints on the Australian continent that would eventually be responsible for striking Gold Sovereigns locally. Now, Gold Australian Sovereigns are available to you for purchase online at Silver.com.
- Coins ship to you inside individual plastic flips!
- Produced from 1871 to 1931!
- Arrives in varied conditions!
- Available from random years with various designs!
- Consists of .2354 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- Sovereigns were issued a value of One Pound sterling (GBP).
- The obverse features a British monarch.
- On the reverse is an image of either St. George slaying the dragon or the Royal Arms.
- Please keep in mind you could get coins with matching dates, designs, and conditions if you buy multiples.
The first Australian Sovereigns issued on the Australian continent were actually struck by the Sydney Mint, the first branch of the Royal Mint on the continent, in 1851. These coins were issued with the British effigy of Queen Victoria on the obverse, but the coins were given a distinct reverse design. Official Gold Australian Sovereigns were first issued in 1871 using the exact designs of the Gold British Sovereign of the era.
The coins are referred to as Gold Australian Sovereigns because each one was struck in Australia by Royal Mint branch facilities for circulation use in Australia. The British Empire decided it was far more economically feasible to use Australian gold to mint the coins locally than it was to ship the gold to London, strike sovereigns, and redistribute them throughout the empire. Australian Sovereigns were issued at the Sydney Mint starting in 1871, the Melbourne Mint starting in 1872, and the Perth Mint starting in 1899.
The obverse side of Gold Australian Sovereign Coins features an effigy of the reigning monarch of England as that individual’s reign aligns with the date mark. Queen Victoria’s effigy appears on coins dated 1871-1901, King Edward VII on coins dated 1902-1910, and King George V on coins dated 1911-1931.
On the reverse field of Gold Australian Sovereigns is one of two depictions. Coins dated 1888-1931 have Benedetto Pistrucci’s image of St. George slaying the dragon. The initial coins, dated 1871-1887, have the Royal Arms with a heraldic wreath.
These Gold Australian Sovereigns are available with plastic flips. These coins come in varied conditions and likely show common signs of wear and tear such as scuffs, scratches, hairlines, and contact marks. All coins are chosen at random and we cannot promise a particular date, design, or condition. If you buy multiples, please keep in mind you may get coins with matching dates, designs, and conditions.
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