New South Wales: Coin Type Australian Sovereign - detailed information

New South Wales: Coin Type Australian Sovereign (issued 1855 - 1870)
Coin TypeAustralian Sovereign

Australia has issued gold coins since 1852, when South Adelaide issued a gold pound coin.

Following this, the Sydney Mint issued this type Australian sovereigns, bearing the portrait of Queen Victoria wearing a banksia wreath, from 1855 to 1870, and half sovereigns from 1855 to 1866. The total issue was in the tens of millions yet the type is scarce today, especially in nice condition.

After 1870, the Sydney Mint issue regular Imperial half sovereigns and sovereigns.

Obverse

Obverse InscriptionVICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Reverse

Crown above the word "AUSTRALIA" within a wreath, and the words "SYDNEY MINT" and "ONE SOVEREIGN" above and below the design.

Reverse InscriptionSYDNEY MINT AUSTRALIA ONE SOVEREIGN
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Australian Sovereign (16)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Australian Sovereign 1853 (pattern) unknown Portrait by James Wyon (Fillet head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D: 1853
Australian Sovereign 1855 502,000 Portrait by James Wyon (Fillet head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F : D 1855
Australian Sovereign 1856 981,000 Portrait by James Wyon (Fillet head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F : D 1856
Australian Sovereign 1857 499,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1857
Australian Sovereign 1858 1,101,500 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1858
Australian Sovereign 1859 1,050,500 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1859
Australian Sovereign 1860 1,573,500 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1860
Australian Sovereign 1861 1,626,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1861
Australian Sovereign 1862 2,477,500 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1862
Australian Sovereign 1863 1,255,500 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1863
Australian Sovereign 1864 2,698,500 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1864
Australian Sovereign 1865 2,130,500 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1865
Australian Sovereign 1866 2,911,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1866
Australian Sovereign 1867 2,370,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1867
Australian Sovereign 1868 2,319,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1868
Australian Sovereign 1870 1,220,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1870
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Australian Sovereign: Details
CountryNew South Wales
CurrencyNSW Pound
From1855
To1870
Face Value1 (x Pound)
CurrentNo
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerLeonard Charles Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)22.0500
Mass (g)7.9881
Australian Sovereign: Photos
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