Australia 1866-S sovereign

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 23528
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This specimen was lot 23528 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $3,220. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Victoria gold Sovereign 1866 Sydney, MS62 NGC, nice original patina with full mint luster, typical contact marks for this grade."
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: 2,911,000.

Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 4, Fr-10.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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