Australia 1887-S sovereign Fr-19

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 32446
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This specimen was lot 32446 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $900. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria gold 'Jubilee Head' Sovereign 1887-S AU58 PCGS, Sydney mint. 1st Obverse, Long JEB Aligned Right. A scarce mint/date with a thin scratch noted to the left of Victoria. Virtually mint-state and pleasing to the eye." 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. This is the first issue of the "Jubilee head," which was used on the sovereign until 1893.

Recorded mintage: 1,002,000 plus 1,000,000 of the young head, St. George reverse plus a few proofs of the yound head, shield reverse.

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

Catalog reference: KM 10, Fr-19.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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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