Australia Double Sovereign 2018, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Australia Double Sovereign 2018, Coin from Australia
CoinAustralia Double Sovereign 2018

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.

This is the first issue of the Australia Double Sovereign.

The Mint says about it:
This extraordinary modern commemorative pays homage to the rich heritage and rarity of the double sovereign. Double the weight of a traditional sovereign, its reverse portrays historic motifs originally seen on the Sydney Mint’s "colonial" sovereign of 1855. Nominally valued at two pounds, double sovereigns appeared in Britain during the 1820s. Featuring Benedetto Pistrucci’s classic portrayal of St George and the dragon, these coins were minted only twice in Australia - in 1887 and 1902.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage500
Obverse
Australia / Australia Double Sovereign 2018 - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II 2018 AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II 2018 AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Australia Double Sovereign 2018 - 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
Notes

Gold Content (Troy oz): 0.4712
Finish: proof.
Packaging: prestigious timber presentation case within a themed shipper, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 18D14AAA
Issue price: AU$ 1,925.00, US$ 1,334.20

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Australia Double Sovereign 2018: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeAustralia Double Sovereign
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.917 Gold
DesignerIng Ing Jong
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.900 mm
Thickness2.300 mm
Mass15.982 g
OCC IDPMVR-EAPC-YYQZ-ONQG
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