Information about mint: Sydney Mint

Sydney Mint (1854 - 1926)

The Sydney Mint in Sydney, Australia, is the oldest public building in the Sydney Central Business District. Built between 1811 and 1816 as the southern wing of the Sydney Hospital, it was then known as the Rum Hospital. In 1854 a mint was established on the site with the hospital building used to house mint staff as well as providing a residence for the Deputy Mint Master. A coining factory was built at the rear. Both of these structures have exceptional heritage significance and have been associated with major events in New South Wales history.

The British Secretary of state gave acceptance to the colonial government to establish a mint in Sydney which was to be the first branch of the Royal Mint outside England. The rear side of the mint became the coining factory. There were frequently major upgrades on the mint during the late 1800s and the early 1900s. However, by 1926, with the Melbourne and Perth Mints having much better technology and being more profitable, the mint was closed.

Coin Types predominantly or exclusively minted by: Sydney Mint (2)
Coins struck by: Sydney Mint (161)
CountryYearNameMintageMint Mark
New South Wales 1853 Australian Sovereign 1853 (pattern) unknown Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1853 Australian Half Sovereign 1853 (pattern) unknown Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1855 Australian Sovereign 1855 502,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1855 Australian Half Sovereign 1855 21,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1856 Australian Sovereign 1856 981,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1856 Australian Half Sovereign 1856 478,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1857 Australian Sovereign 1857 499,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1857 Australian Half Sovereign 1857 537,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1858 Australian Sovereign 1858 1,101,500 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1858 Australian Half Sovereign 1858 483,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1859 Australian Sovereign 1859 1,050,500 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1859 Australian Half Sovereign 1859 341,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1860 Australian Sovereign 1860 1,573,500 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1860 Australian Half Sovereign 1860 156,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1861 Australian Sovereign 1861 1,626,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1861 Australian Half Sovereign 1861 186,500 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1862 Australian Sovereign 1862 2,477,500 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1862 Australian Half Sovereign 1862 210,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1863 Australian Sovereign 1863 1,255,500 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1863 Australian Half Sovereign 1863 150,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1864 Australian Sovereign 1864 2,698,500 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1864 Australian Half Sovereign 1864 141,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1865 Australian Sovereign 1865 2,130,500 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1865 Australian Half Sovereign 1865 62,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1866 Australian Sovereign 1866 2,911,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1866 Australian Half Sovereign 1866 154,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1867 Australian Sovereign 1867 2,370,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1868 Australian Sovereign 1868 2,319,000 Sydney Mint
New South Wales 1870 Australian Sovereign 1870 1,220,000 Sydney Mint
United Kingdom 1871 Sovereign 1871 Shield 11,581,250 Letter S
United Kingdom 1871 Sovereign 1871 St George 11,581,250 Letter S
United Kingdom 1871 Half Sovereign 1871 2,242,970 Letter S
United Kingdom 1872 Sovereign 1872 Shield 16,049,708 Letter S
United Kingdom 1872 Sovereign 1872 St George 16,049,708 Letter S
United Kingdom 1872 Half Sovereign 1872 3,604,627 Letter S
United Kingdom 1873 Sovereign 1873 Shield 3,846,215 Letter S
United Kingdom 1873 Sovereign 1873 St George 4,598,215 Letter S
United Kingdom 1874 Sovereign 1874 St George 3,792,713 Letter S
United Kingdom 1875 Sovereign 1875 Shield 2,122,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1875 Sovereign 1875 St George 4,010,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1875 Half Sovereign 1875 768,240 Letter S
United Kingdom 1876 Sovereign 1876 St George 7,055,866 Letter S
United Kingdom 1877 Sovereign 1877 Shield 1,590,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1877 Sovereign 1877 St George 1,487,002 Letter S
United Kingdom 1878 Sovereign 1878 Shield 1,259,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1879 Sovereign 1879 Shield 1,366,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1879 Sovereign 1879 St George 4,126,013 Letter S
United Kingdom 1879 Half Sovereign 1879 255,201 Letter S
United Kingdom 1880 Sovereign 1880 Shield 4,511,800 Letter S
United Kingdom 1880 Sovereign 1880 St George 8,161,880 Letter S
United Kingdom 1880 Half Sovereign 1880 1,089,049 Letter S
United Kingdom 1881 Sovereign 1881 Shield 3,684,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1881 Sovereign 1881 St George 3,684,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1881 Half Sovereign 1881 104,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1882 Sovereign 1882 Shield 3,764,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1882 Sovereign 1882 St George 3,764,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1882 Half Sovereign 1882 158,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1883 Sovereign 1883 Shield 1,535,450 Letter S
United Kingdom 1883 Sovereign 1883 St George 3,158,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1883 Half Sovereign 1883 3,090,457 Letter S
United Kingdom 1884 Sovereign 1884 Shield 4,537,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1884 Sovereign 1884 St George 6,306,635 Letter S
United Kingdom 1885 Sovereign 1885 Shield 4,442,500 Letter S
United Kingdom 1885 Sovereign 1885 St George 5,160,223 Letter S
United Kingdom 1886 Sovereign 1886 Shield 4,568,500 Letter S
United Kingdom 1886 Sovereign 1886 St George 4,568,500 Letter S
United Kingdom 1886 Half Sovereign 1886 120,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1887 Five Pounds 1887 54,641 Letter S
United Kingdom 1887 Two Pounds 1887 92,142 Letter S
United Kingdom 1887 Sovereign 1887 Shield 2,915,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1887 Sovereign 1887 St George, Jubilee head 3,054,077 Letter S
United Kingdom 1887 Sovereign 1887 St George, Young head 2,915,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1887 Half Sovereign 1887 Young head 198,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1887 Half Sovereign 1887 Jubilee head 1,070,567 Letter S
United Kingdom 1888 Sovereign 1888 7,294,424 Letter S
United Kingdom 1889 Sovereign 1889 13,251,455 Letter S
United Kingdom 1889 Half Sovereign 1889 64,000 Letter S
United Kingdom 1890 Sovereign 1890 11,811,424 Letter S
United Kingdom 1891 Sovereign 1891 11,675,068 Letter S
United Kingdom 1891 Half Sovereign 1891 1,233,286 Letter S
United Kingdom 1892 Sovereign 1892 13,430,470 Letter S
United Kingdom 1892 Half Sovereign 1892 13,680,486 Letter S
United Kingdom 1893 Five Pounds 1893 21,178 Letter S
United Kingdom 1893 Two Pounds 1893 52,985 Letter S
United Kingdom 1893 Sovereign 1893 Veiled head 10,159,433 Letter S
United Kingdom 1893 Sovereign 1893 Jubilee head 3,147,352 Letter S
United Kingdom 1893 Half Sovereign 1893 Shield 4,536,649 Letter S
United Kingdom 1893 Half Sovereign 1893 St George 4,677,398 Letter S
United Kingdom 1894 Sovereign 1894 11,016,485 Letter S
United Kingdom 1895 Sovereign 1895 9,209,186 Letter S
United Kingdom 1896 Sovereign 1896 10,334,997 Letter S
United Kingdom 1897 Sovereign 1897 7,662,565 Letter S
United Kingdom 1897 Half Sovereign 1897 3,798,156 Letter S
United Kingdom 1898 Sovereign 1898 12,418,485 Letter S
United Kingdom 1899 Sovereign 1899 17,045,127 Letter S
United Kingdom 1900 Sovereign 1900 20,604,734 Letter S
United Kingdom 1900 Half Sovereign 1900 4,799,668 Letter S
United Kingdom 1901 Sovereign 1901 11,467,982 Letter S
United Kingdom 1902 Five Pounds 1902 42,977 Letter S
United Kingdom 1902 Two Pounds 1902 53,873 Letter S
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Sydney Mint: Details
From Year1854
To Year1926
CountryAustralia
LocationSydney, NSW
Mint Marks used by: Sydney Mint
Dot below scroll

Dot below the bottom scroll on the reverse of Australian One Penny coin (1920 only).

Letter S

Small letter S, located:
- under the monarch's effigy on the obverse of gold Sovereigns of the older St George type
- on the obverse of gold Sovereigns of the St George type: on the ground, below the horse's hoof and above the centre of the date
- under the shield on the reverse of gold Sovereigns and Half sovereigns of the Shield type (below the wreath but above the rose)

No mint mark

On some coins, the Sydney Mint did not have a mint mark.

Star

Five-pointed star above the date of 1921 Australian shilling.

Sydney Mint

The words "SYDNEY MINT" were prominently displayed on the Australian gold Sovereign and Half Sovereign coins.