Australia 1887-M sovereign Fr-12

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 30401
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30401 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $9,000. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria gold 'Shield' Sovereign 1887-M AU58 PCGS, Melbourne mint. A lovely example of this rare date nearly possessing the in-hand feel of a coin in uncirculated condition. The finest we have offered to-date." This "shield" type was struck 1871-87 at the Sydney and Melbourne mints simultaneously with the "St. George and the dragon" type. The SCWC does not attempt to separate the mintages of the two types, altho the "St. George" reverse is rare for 1883.

Recorded mintage: 1,915,000 (St. George plus shield reverse) plus 940,000 (Jubilee head).

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

Catalog reference: Fr-12, KM 6, S-3864A.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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