Australia 1868-S sovereign
This specimen was lot 32454 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $517. The catalog description noted, "Victoria gold Sovereign 1868-SYDNEY AU58 NGC, Sydney mint. Minimal highpoint wear is visible, but numerous marks cover the surfaces as is so often the case with these early Australian sovereigns. From the Ohio Valley Collection." 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: 3,522,000, a common date for the type.
Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-10, KM 4.
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- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.