Australia 1879-S sovereign Fr-15
This specimen was lot 31478 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $423. The catalog description noted, "Victoria gold 'St. George' Sovereign 1879-S AU50 NGC, Sydney mint. Attractive color on this lightly worn offering. From The Alan Dean Sovereign Collection." This "St. George" type was struck 1871-87 at the Sydney and Melbourne mints simultaneously with the familiar "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: 1,366,000 (including the shield reverse).
Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-15; KM 7.
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- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.