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Coin: Australian Sovereign 1855
Description

A gold coin (21.5 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left, her hair plain and filleted; the legend, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F:D: around and the date, 1855 below. The reverse features the word AUSTRALIA below a royal crown within a wreath of laurel; around above, SYDNEY MINT, around below, ONE SOVEREIGN.

This was the first year that sovereigns were struck at Sydney.

CountryNew South Wales CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeAustralian Sovereign
Year1855 CurrentNo
Mintage502,000 (502000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Sydney Mint Sydney Mint 502,000 (502000)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerLeonard Charles Wyon
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by James Wyon (Fillet head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)7.9881
Obverse

Head of Queen Victoria facing left, her hair plain and filleted; the legend, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F:D: around and the date, 1855 below.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F : D 1855
Reverse

Below a royal crown and within a wreath of laurel, AUSTRALIA; around above, SYDNEY MINT, around below, ONE SOVEREIGN.

Reverse inscription

SYDNEY MINT AUSTRALIA ONE SOVEREIGN

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Australian Sovereign 1855: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Pattern, proof only unknown (hover mouse for text)
Australian Sovereign 1855: Photos
Australian Sovereign 1855: Photo Australia 1855-S sovereign
Australia 1855-S sovereign
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Australian Sovereign 1855: Photo Australia 1855-S sovereign
Australia 1855-S sovereign
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Australian Sovereign 1855: Photo Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
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Australian Sovereign 1855: Photo Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
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Australian Sovereign 1855: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 9
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2, KM# Pn4 (Pattern)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 102, McD 102a (Pattern)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS1
Australian Sovereign 1855: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Pattern, proof only
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Design link
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Australian Sovereign 1855: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1855(sy) Victoria Australian Gold Sovereign (fillet head) - Silveragecoins.com
Australian Sovereign 1855: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1855 Australia 1855-S sovereign - CoinFactsWiki
List of all (16) coins of type: New South Wales / Australian Sovereign
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