Australia 1913-S sovereign
This specimen was lot 22242 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $432. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Sovereign, 1913-S. Sydney Mint. PCGS MS-64. An incredibly brilliant and exceptionally pleasing Near Gem, featuring nearly flawless surfaces and a charming luster." This type, struck 1911-31 at Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, is identical to the ordinary British sovereign in every respect except for the mintmark. 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: 2,249,000.
Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, 0.234 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: S-4003; Fr-38; KM-29.
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