Australia 1877-S sovereign Fr-11
This specimen was lot 32457 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $587.50. The catalog description noted, "Victoria gold "Shield" Sovereign 1877-S MS62 PCGS, Sydney mint. Young Head type with shield reverse. Lightly toned and attractive, scarce in this designation. From the Ohio Valley Collection." This "shield" type was struck 1871-87 at the Sydney and Melbourne mints simultaneously with the familiar "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: 1,590,000 (only two known of the St. George reverse).
Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: S-3855, Fr-11; KM 6.
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