New South Wales: Coin Australian Sovereign 1855 - detailed information

New South Wales: Coin Australian Sovereign 1855
CoinAustralian Sovereign 1855

A gold coin (22.05 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left, her hair plain and filleted; the legend, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F:D: around and the date, 1855 below. The reverse features the word AUSTRALIA below a royal crown within a wreath of laurel; around above, SYDNEY MINT, around below, ONE SOVEREIGN.

This was the first year that sovereigns were struck at Sydney.

MintSydney Mint
Obverse
New South Wales / Australian Sovereign 1855 - obverse photo

Head of Queen Victoria facing left, her hair plain and filleted; the legend, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F:D: around and the date, 1855 below.

Obverse Inscription VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F : D 1855
Reverse
New South Wales / Australian Sovereign 1855 - reverse photo

Below a royal crown and within a wreath of laurel, AUSTRALIA; around above, SYDNEY MINT, around below, ONE SOVEREIGN.

Reverse Inscription SYDNEY MINT AUSTRALIA ONE SOVEREIGN
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Australian Sovereign 1855: Known varieties
Variety Pattern, proof only
Mintage unknown
DetailsType 2 obverse (second portrait). Only one example available to collectors.
Australian Sovereign 1855: References to Information Used
All Coins of Country: New South Wales, 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
Australian Sovereign 1855: Details
CountryNew South Wales
CurrencyNSW Pound
PeriodAustralian Sovereign (1855 - 1870)
Coin TypeAustralian Sovereign
Issued1855
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyPortrait by James Wyon (Fillet head)
Face Value1 (x Pound)
CurrentNo
Mintage502,000
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerLeonard Charles Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)22.0500
Mass (g)7.9881
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