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Coin: Australian Sovereign 1857
Description

A gold coin (22.05 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a wreath of banksia with the date 1857 below. The reverse features the word AUSTRALIA below a royal crown within a wreath of laurel and with the words SYDNEY MINT above and ONE SOVEREIGN below.

CountryNew South Wales CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeAustralian Sovereign
Year1857 CurrentNo
Mintage499,000 (499000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Sydney Mint Sydney Mint 499,000 (499000)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerLeonard Charles Wyon
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)7.9881
Obverse

Head of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a wreath of banksia in hair, which is plaited, the date 1857 below.; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:

This was the first year of the use of this portrait of Queen Victoria (although patterns of the design were struck in London in 1855 and 1856).

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1857
Reverse

At centre within a laurel wreath AUSTRALIA under a royal crown; above, SYDNEY MINT; below, ONE SOVEREIGN.

Reverse inscriptionSYDNEY MINT AUSTRALIA ONE SOVEREIGN
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Australian Sovereign 1857: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (milled edge) unknown
Proof (plain edge) unknown (hover mouse for text)
Australian Sovereign 1857: Photos
Australian Sovereign 1857: Photo Proof Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
Proof Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof (probable restrike).
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Australian Sovereign 1857: Photo Proof Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
Proof Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof (probable restrike).
source
Australian Sovereign 1857: Photo Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Australian Sovereign 1857: Photo Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Australian Sovereign 1857: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 9
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 4
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 104, McD 104a (Plain edge proof)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS3
Australian Sovereign 1857: 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
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Plain edge proof, Milled edge proof
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Australian Sovereign 1857: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1857(sy) Victoria Australian Gold Sovereign (wreath) - Silveragecoins.com
Australian Sovereign 1857: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857 Museums Victoria: Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
Victoria 1857 Gold Sovereigns
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List of all (16) coins of type: New South Wales / Australian Sovereign
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Australian Sovereign 1866 Australian Sovereign 1867 Australian Sovereign 1868 Australian Sovereign 1870