Australia 1895-M sovereign
This specimen was lot 32449 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $504. The catalog description noted, "Victoria gold Sovereign 1895-M MS63 NGC, Melbourne mint. Clearly choice, with areas of completed undisturbed surfaces." 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. This is an issue of the "old head," which was used on the sovereign 1893-1901.
Recorded mintage: 4,165,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 13, Fr-24.
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