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Information about mint: Sydney Mint

Mint nameSydney Mint
LocationSydney, NSW
CountryAustralia
Dates1854 - 1926
Description

The Sydney Mint in Sydney, Australia, is the oldest public building in the Sydney Central Business District. Built between 1811 and 1816 as the southern wing of the Sydney Hospital, it was then known as the Rum Hospital. In 1854 a mint was established on the site with the hospital building used to house mint staff as well as providing a residence for the Deputy Mint Master. A coining factory was built at the rear. Both of these structures have exceptional heritage significance and have been associated with major events in New South Wales history.

The British Secretary of state gave acceptance to the colonial government to establish a mint in Sydney which was to be the first branch of the Royal Mint outside England. The rear side of the mint became the coining factory. There were frequently major upgrades on the mint during the late 1800s and the early 1900s. However, by 1926, with the Melbourne and Perth Mints having much better technology and being more profitable, the mint was closed.

Known mint marks of Sydney Mint:
Dot below scroll

Dot below the bottom scroll on the reverse of Australian One Penny coin (1920 only).

Letter S

Small letter S, located:
- under the monarch's effigy on the obverse of gold Sovereigns of the older St George type
- on the obverse of gold Sovereigns of the St George type: on the ground, below the horse's hoof and above the centre of the date
- under the shield on the reverse of gold Sovereigns and Half sovereigns of the Shield type (below the wreath but above the rose)

No mint mark

On some coins, the Sydney Mint did not have a mint mark.

Star

Five-pointed star, located:
- above the date on Australian silver coins.

Sydney Mint

The words "SYDNEY MINT" were prominently displayed on the Australian gold Sovereign and Half Sovereign coins.

2 main coin types minted predominantly or exclusively at Sydney Mint:
New South Wales / Australian Half Sovereign (1855 - 1866) New South Wales / Australian Sovereign (1855 - 1870)
162 coins minted at Sydney Mint:
CountryCoinMintageMint mark
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1853 (pattern) unknown Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1853 (pattern) unknown Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1855 21,000 (21000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1855 502,000 (502000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1856 478,000 (478000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1856 981,000 (981000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1857 537,000 (537000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1857 499,000 (499000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1858 483,000 (483000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1858 1,101,500 (1.1 million) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1859 341,000 (341000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1859 1,050,500 (1.1 million) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1860 156,000 (156000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1860 1,573,500 (1.6 million) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1861 186,500 (186500) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1861 1,626,000 (1.6 million) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1862 210,000 (210000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1862 2,477,500 (2.5 million) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1863 150,000 (150000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1863 1,255,500 (1.3 million) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1864 141,000 (141000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1864 2,698,500 (2.7 million) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1865 62,000 (62000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1865 2,130,500 (2.1 million) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1866 154,000 (154000) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1866 2,911,000 (2.9 million) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1867 2,370,000 (2.4 million) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1868 2,319,000 (2.3 million) Sydney Mint
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1870 1,220,000 (1.2 million) Sydney Mint
United Kingdom Sovereign 1871 Shield 2,814,000 (2.8 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1871 2,814,000 (2.8 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1871 180,000 (180000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1872 Shield 1,815,000 (1.8 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1872 1,815,000 (1.8 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1872 356,000 (356000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1873 Shield 1,478,000 (1.5 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1873 1,478,000 (1.5 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1874 1,899,000 (1.9 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1875 Shield 2,122,000 (2.1 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1875 2,122,000 (2.1 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1875 252,000 (252000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1876 1,613,000 (1.6 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1876 Shield 1,613,000 (1.6 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1877 Shield 1,590,000 (1.6 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1877 2 (2) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1878 Shield 1,259,000 (1.3 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1879 Shield 1,366,000 (1.4 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1879 1,366,000 (1.4 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1879 220,000 (220000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1880 Shield 1,459,000 (1.5 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1880 1,459,000 (1.5 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1880 80,000 (80000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1881 Shield 1,360,000 (1.4 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1881 1,360,000 (1.4 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1881 62,000 (62000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1882 Shield 1,298,000 (1.3 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1882 1,298,000 (1.3 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1882 52,000 (52000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1883 Shield 1,108,000 (1.1 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1883 1,108,000 (1.1 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1883 220,000 (220000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1884 Shield 1,595,000 (1.6 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1884 1,595,000 (1.6 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1885 Shield 1,486,000 (1.5 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1885 1,486,000 (1.5 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1886 Shield 1,667,000 (1.7 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1886 1,667,000 (1.7 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1886 82,000 (82000) Letter S
United Kingdom Five Pounds 1887 unknown Letter S
United Kingdom Two Pounds 1887 unknown Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1887 Young head 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1887 Shield 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1887 Jubilee head 1,002,000 (1.0 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1887 Jubilee head 134,000 (134000) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1887 Young head 134,000 (134000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1888 2,187,000 (2.2 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1889 3,262,000 (3.3 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1889 64,000 (64000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1890 2,808,000 (2.8 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1891 2,596,000 (2.6 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1891 154,000 (154000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1892 2,837,000 (2.8 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1892 unknown Letter S
United Kingdom Five Pounds 1893 unknown Letter S
United Kingdom Two Pounds 1893 unknown Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1893 Jubilee head 1,498,000 (1.5 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1893 Veiled head 1,346,000 (1.3 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1893 Shield unknown Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1893 St George 250,000 (250000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1894 3,067,000 (3.1 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1895 2,758,000 (2.8 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1896 2,544,000 (2.5 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1897 2,532,000 (2.5 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1897 230,000 (230000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1898 2,548,000 (2.5 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1899 3,259,000 (3.3 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1900 3,586,000 (3.6 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1900 260,000 (260000) Letter S
United Kingdom Sovereign 1901 3,012,000 (3.0 million) Letter S
United Kingdom Five Pounds 1902 unknown Letter S
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