Australia 1871-S sovereign Fr-15
This specimen was lot 70155 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it sold for $456. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Sovereign, 1871-S. PCGS AU-58 Secure Holder. Small BP by date. Good strike with plenty of luster." This "St. George and the dragon" type was struck 1871-87 at the Sydney and Melbourne mints simultaneously with the shield 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 shield reverse) plus a few proofs. This is a scarce date.
Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: S-3858A; Fr-15; KM-7.
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- Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.