Australia Double Sovereign, Coin Type from Australia - detailed information

Australia Double Sovereign, Coin Type from Australia (issued 2018 - )
Coin TypeAustralia Double Sovereign

The Perth Mint’s annual Australia Sovereign (also called the Australian Sovereign) is a prestigious 22-carat gold coin featuring a design inspired by historic sovereigns made at the Sydney Mint between 1855 and 1866. As the first overseas branch of Britain’s Royal Mint, the Sydney Mint was opened in 1855 to make sovereign coins from Australian gold. For the first 11 years they were distinguished from London versions by a specially prepared "colonial" design. A testament to the skill of Australia’s early minters, these highly successful issues continue to attract significant interest among modern collectors.

The regular coin has the same specifications as the British gold sovereign, which is a continuation of the Imperial (pre-decimal) sovereign - produced, among others, by the Perth Mint between 1899 and 1931 when it was a branch of the Royal Mint.

Since 2018, the Perth Mint also issues a Double Sovereign, which has the same specifications as the British Double Sovereign; its gold content is slightly lower than a half ounce of gold (0.4712 AGW), with 22 carat purity.

Obverse
Australia / Australia Double Sovereign - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling monarch, legend, face value, date of issue.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling monarch, face value, date
Reverse
Australia / Australia Double Sovereign - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin uses historic elements of Leonard Charles Wyon’s original "Type I reverse" of the Australian Sovereign.

At centre, surrounded by a laurel wreath, the legend AUSTRALIA is crowned with St Edwards's Crown; named after Saint Edward the Confessor, it has been traditionally used to crown English and British monarchs at their coronations since the 13th century (with a two-century gap between 1689 and 1911).

Around above, the inscription PERTH MINT; around below, DOUBLE SOVEREIGN. There is no mint mark.

The border around the rim is beaded.

Reverse Inscription PERTH MINT AUSTRALIA DOUBLE SOVEREIGN
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
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Australia Double Sovereign: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
From2018
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerIng Ing Jong
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.900 mm
Thickness2.300 mm
Mass15.982 g