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Coin: Australian Sovereign 1868

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 1868 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.

CountryNew South Wales CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeAustralian Sovereign
Year1868 CurrentNo
Mintage2,319,000 (2.3 million)
NameMint markMintage
Sydney Mint Sydney Mint 2,319,000 (2.3 million)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerLeonard Charles Wyon
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)7.9881

Head of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a wreath of banksia in hair, which is plaited, the date 1868 below.; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1868

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

EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone

According to Krause, "1, 202,600 pieces reported in 1869 are dated 1868".

Australian Sovereign 1868: Known varieties
Gold/copper unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Australian Sovereign 1868: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 9
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 4
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 115, McD 115a (Gold/copper)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS14
Australian Sovereign 1868: References to Information Used
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Gold/copper
Australian Sovereign 1868: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1868(sy) Victoria Australian Gold Sovereign (wreath) - Silveragecoins.com
Australian Sovereign 1868: Some useful external links
Victoria 1868 Gold Sovereigns
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