Australia 1880-M sovereign

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Goldberg sale 67, lot 3370
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3370 in Goldberg sale 67 (Los Angeles, January 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Australia. Sovereign, 1880-M. Victoria. Young head. Reverse: Shield Rare date. NGC graded AU-58." 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 Melbourne mint was opened in 1872 to strike the gold found in Australia and was not employed to strike ordinary circulation coinage until 1920.

Recorded mintage: 3,053,000 (both types but nearly all "St. George and the dragon").

Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 7.98 grams, 22.10 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S.3854; Fr-12; KM-6.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey, Paul Rynearson and Jason Bradford, Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient & World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2011.

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