Australia 1858-S sovereign
This specimen was lot 442 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $3,818.75. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Sovereign, 1858-SY. PCGS AU-58 Secure Holder." This type, bearing the portrait of Queen Victoria wearing a banksia wreath, was struck at the Sydney mint 1857-70. The total issue was in the tens of millions yet the type is scarce 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: 1,101,000 (the key date).
Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-10; KM 4.
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