Australia 1885-M sovereign Fr-16

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Sincona sale 9, lot 3563
This specimen was lot 3563 in Sincona sale 9 (Zurich, October 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"AUSTRALIEN Victoria, 1837-1901. Sovereign 1885, Melbourne. Fast FDC. (Australia, queen Victoria, 1837-1901; sovereign of 1885, Melbourne mint. Choice uncirculated.)"
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. The St. George reverse shown here was introduced in 1871 simultaneously with the shield reverse. The shield reverse was retired in 1887 when the obverse was redesigned to use the "Jubilee head."

Recorded mintage: 2,957,000 (including the shield reverse).

Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW, this specimen 7,98 g.

Catalog reference: S. 3857B, Fr. 16, KM 7.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 9, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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