Australia 1885-S sovereign Fr-11

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 32444
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This specimen was lot 32444 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $552. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria gold "Shield" Sovereign 1885-S MS61 NGC, Sydney mint. An even scattering of obverse marks set the grade. Devices are well-struck, with flashy golden surfaces on the obverse and a soft satin luster on the reverse." 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. The shield reverse shown here was introduced in 1871 simultaneously with the St. George reverse. The shield reverse was retired in 1887 when the obverse was redesigned to use the "Jubilee head."

Recorded mintage: 1,486,000 (including the "St. George and the dragon" reverse).

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

Catalog reference: KM 6, Fr-11.


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  • 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]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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