Australia 1855-S sovereign
This specimen was lot 23034 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $7,637.50. The catalog description noted, "Victoria gold Sovereign 1855 Sydney, AU50 PCGS, a lustrous example of this popular early Sovereign with typical small contact marks, rarely seen in this certified quality." This type, called the "fillet head," was struck at the Sydney mint 1855-56. The type is rare today, especially in nice condition. The Sydney mint was opened in 1855 to strike the gold found in Australia and was not employed to strike ordinary circulation coinage until 1920.
Recorded mintage: 502,000.
Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 2.
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- McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.