New South Wales: Coin Australian Sovereign 1857 - detailed information

New South Wales: Coin Australian Sovereign 1857
CoinAustralian Sovereign 1857

A gold coin (22.05 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a wreath of banksia with the date 1857 below. The reverse features the word AUSTRALIA below a royal crown within a wreath of laurel and with the words SYDNEY MINT above and ONE SOVEREIGN below.

MintSydney Mint
Obverse
New South Wales / Australian Sovereign 1857 - obverse photo

Head of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a wreath of banksia in hair, which is plaited, the date 1857 below.; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:

This was the first year of the use of this portrait of Queen Victoria (although patterns of the design were struck in London in 1855 and 1856).

Obverse Inscription VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1857
Reverse
New South Wales / Australian Sovereign 1857 - reverse photo

At centre within a laurel wreath AUSTRALIA under a royal crown; above, SYDNEY MINT; below, ONE SOVEREIGN.

Reverse Inscription SYDNEY MINT AUSTRALIA ONE SOVEREIGN
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Australian Sovereign 1857: Known varieties
Variety Proof (plain edge)
Mintage unknown
DetailsThe proof in Museum Victoria's collection was probably struck at Sydney in the 1870's. This coin was exhibited by the Sydney Mint at the 1879 International Exhibition. It was acquired by Dr Howat at the closure of the mint in 1926 and later that year donated to the National Gallery of Victoria numismatic collection. Only three examples are available to collectors.
Variety Proof (milled edge)
Mintage unknown
Australian Sovereign 1857: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Plain edge proof, Milled edge proof
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
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Australian Sovereign 1857: Details
CountryNew South Wales
CurrencyNSW Pound
PeriodAustralian Sovereign (1855 - 1870)
Coin TypeAustralian Sovereign
Issued1857
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyPortrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia)
Face Value1 (x Pound)
CurrentNo
Mintage499,000
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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Australian Sovereign 1857: Photos
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Proof Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
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Notes: Proof (probable restrike).
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Proof Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
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Notes: Proof (probable restrike).
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Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
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Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
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