Australia 1917-P sovereign

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Heritage sale 3022, lot 26405
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 26405 in Heritage sale 3022 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $763.75. The catalog description[2] noted, "George V gold Sovereign 1917-P, MS64 PCGS, lightly toned with full mint luster." This type was struck 1911-28 at the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth mints. It is identical to the ordinary British sovereign in every respect except for the addition of a mintmark, which will be found buried in the rock below the dragon on the reverse. A slightly modified type (KM 32) was struck 1929 to 1931, when gold coinage ceased altogether. The Perth mint was opened in 1855 to strike the gold found in Australia and was not employed to strike ordinary circulation coinage until 1922.

Recorded mintage: 4,110,000.

Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW, designed by Bertram MacKennal.

Catalog reference: KM 29.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3022, the Non-Floor Session, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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