Australia Double Sovereign 2019, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Australia Double Sovereign 2019, Coin from Australia
CoinAustralia Double Sovereign 2019

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 second issue of the Australia Double Sovereign.

The Mint says about it:
This gold proof quality coin is our second modern tribute to the (pre-decimal) Double Sovereign, a £2 coin minted only twice in Australia - in 1887, to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, and 1902, when King Edward VII ascended the throne. Featuring a modern adaptation of the ‘colonial’ reverse created specifically for Sydney Mint’s Type I sovereign in 1855, the design includes a "200" privy mark in reference to the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth in 2019.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage500
Obverse
Australia / Australia Double Sovereign 2019 - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown and the Victoria Coronation necklace worn for her Coronation. This is her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide and "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, in "uncouped" version - showing the Queen's shoulders and not terminating at the neck as the normal version.

On the left, in small letters on the Queen's shoulder, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II 2019 AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II 2019 AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Australia Double Sovereign 2019 - 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.

There is a privy mark below the crown - the numeral 200 within an oval - marking the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria.

Reverse Inscription PERTH MINT AUSTRALIA DOUBLE SOVEREIGN
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Gold Content (Troy oz): 0.4712
Finish: proof.
Packaging: classic display case with a timber lid within a themed shipper, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 19C84BAA
Issue price: AU$ 1,770.00, US$ 1,226.77

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Australia Double Sovereign 2019: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeAustralia Double Sovereign
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
ReverseSt Edward's Crown
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerIng Ing Jong
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.900 mm
Thickness2.300 mm
Mass15.982 g
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-YYVL-EMPX
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