Australia 1873-S sovereign Fr-11

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 32439
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This specimen was lot 32439 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $552. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria gold 'Shield' Sovereign 1873-S AU58 NGC, Sydney mint. An attractive example of the Shield type. Some abrasion but little/no wear on the devices." 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. Both the St. George reverse and the shield reverse were used in 1873 and no record was kept of how many were made of each.

Recorded mintage: 1,478,000, including the St. George reverse.

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

Catalog reference: KM 6, Fr-11.


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  • 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 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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