Australia 1871-S sovereign Fr-11

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Sincona sale 54, lot 43

This specimen was lot 43 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 650 CHF (about US$774 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "Australia, Victoria, 1837-1901. Sovereign 1871 S, Sydney. Young head. WW incuse. NGC MINT ERROR MS62." This shield type was struck 1871-87 at the Sydney and Melbourne mints simultaneously with the "St. George and the dragon" type. The SCWC does not attempt to separate the mintages of the two types. 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: 2,814,000 (including the St. George reverse) plus a few proofs. This is a commone date.

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

Catalog reference: Seaby 3855 A, Fr-11, KM-6.


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  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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