Australia 1890-S sovereign

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Jean Elsen sale 112, lot 1711
Australia 1890S sovereign rev JElsen 112-1581.jpg
This specimen was lot 1711 in Jean Elsen sale 112 (Brussels, March 2012) where it sold for € 650 ($1,016 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"AUSTRALIE, Victoria (1837-1901), AV souverain, 1890 S, Sydney. Petits coups. presque Superbe. (Australia, queen Victora, 1837-1901, gold sovereign of 1890, Sydney mint. Small nicks, extremely fine.)"
This "jubilee head" type was struck 1887-93 at the Sydney and Melbourne mints. The shield reverse used 1871-87 was retired. 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.

Recorded mintage: 2,808,000.

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

Catalog reference: S., 3868; Fr-19; KM-10.

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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 112, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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