Australia 1888-M sovereign

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Goldberg sale 67, lot 3378
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3378 in Goldberg sale 67 (Los Angeles, January 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Australia. Sovereign, 1888-M. Victoria. Jubilee head. Rare in top grade. NGC graded MS-61." This "jubilee head" type was struck 1887-93 at the Sydney and Melbourne mints. The shield reverse used 1871-87 was retired. 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: 940,000.

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

Catalog reference: S.3867A; Fr-20; KM-10.


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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]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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