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Coin: Australian Sovereign 1859
Description

A gold coin (21.5 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a wreath of banksia with the date 1859 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
Year1859 CurrentNo
Mintage1,050,500 (1.1 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Sydney Mint Sydney Mint 1,050,500 (1.1 million)
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 1859 below.; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1859
Reverse

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

Reverse inscription

SYDNEY MINT AUSTRALIA ONE SOVEREIGN

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Australian Sovereign 1859: Photos
Australian Sovereign 1859: Photo Australia 1859-S sovereign
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Australian Sovereign 1859: Photo Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1859
Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1859
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Australian Sovereign 1859: Photo Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1859
Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1859
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Australian Sovereign 1859: 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 106
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS5
Australian Sovereign 1859: References to Information Used
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
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Australian Sovereign 1859: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1859 Australia 1859-S sovereign - CoinFactsWiki
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