Australia 1917-S sovereign

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Heritage sale 3022, lot 32532
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32532 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $1,527.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V gold Sovereign 1917-S MS65 NGC. Sydney, (S), mint. True gems of this date and mint are seldom encountered." 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 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: 1,666,000.

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

Catalog reference: KM 29.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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