Australia Sovereign, Coin Type from Australia - detailed information

Australia Sovereign, Coin Type from Australia (issued 2009 - )
Coin TypeAustralia Sovereign

The Australia Sovereign (also called the Australian Sovereign) is a gold bullion coin issued by the Perth Mint.

The coin has the same specifications as the British gold sovereign. The Perth Mint was a branch of the Royal Mint from its foundation in 1899 until 1970, when it was transferred to the government of Western Australia; it produced Imperial (pre-decimal) sovereigns between 1899 and 1931.

In 2009, the mint revived the format - initially with a design featuring the Coat of Arms of Australia, then with a replica of the reverse of the Australian Sovereign issued by the Sydney Mint between 1853 and 1870.

Obverse

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

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling monarch, face value, date
Reverse

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, SOVEREIGN. The Perth Mint’s traditional P mint mark is above the ribbon tying the laurel wreath.

The border around the rim is beaded.

Reverse Inscription PERTH MINT AUSTRALIA SOVEREIGN
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
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Australia Sovereign: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
From2009
Face Value25 (x Dollar)
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.600 mm
Thickness1.750 mm
Mass7.988 g