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Coin type: Australian Sovereign
Description

Australia has issued gold coins since 1852, when South Adelaide issued a gold pound coin.

Following this, the Sydney Mint issued this type Australian sovereigns, bearing the portrait of Queen Victoria wearing a banksia wreath, from 1855 to 1870, and half sovereigns from 1855 to 1866. The total issue was in the tens of millions yet the type is scarce today, especially in nice condition.

After 1870, the Sydney Mint issue regular Imperial half sovereigns and sovereigns.

CountryNew South Wales CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type of Sub-types
Face value1 (x Pound)
Years produced1855 - 1870 CurrentNo
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerLeonard Charles Wyon
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)7.9881
Obverse

Obverse inscriptionVICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Reverse

Crown above the word "AUSTRALIA" within a wreath, and the words "SYDNEY MINT" and "ONE SOVEREIGN" above and below the design.

Reverse inscriptionSYDNEY MINT AUSTRALIA ONE SOVEREIGN
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Australian Sovereign: Photos

Australia 1858-S sovereign
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Australia 1858-S sovereign
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List of 16 coins of type: Australian Sovereign from New South Wales
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Australian Sovereign 1853 (pattern) unknown Queen Victoria Portrait by James Wyon (Fillet head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D: 1853
Australian Sovereign 1855 502,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by James Wyon (Fillet head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F : D 1855
Australian Sovereign 1856 981,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by James Wyon (Fillet head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F : D 1856
Australian Sovereign 1857 499,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1857
Australian Sovereign 1858 1,101,500 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1858
Australian Sovereign 1859 1,050,500 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1859
Australian Sovereign 1860 1,573,500 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1860
Australian Sovereign 1861 1,626,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1861
Australian Sovereign 1862 2,477,500 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1862
Australian Sovereign 1863 1,255,500 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1863
Australian Sovereign 1864 2,698,500 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1864
Australian Sovereign 1865 2,130,500 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1865
Australian Sovereign 1866 2,911,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1866
Australian Sovereign 1867 2,370,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1867
Australian Sovereign 1868 2,319,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1868
Australian Sovereign 1870 1,220,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1870