Australia 1919-M sovereign

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Goldberg sale 74, lot 3701
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3701 in Goldberg sale 74 (Los Angeles, June 2013), where it sold for $862.50 including buyer's fees. The catalog description[1] noted, "Australia. Sovereign, 1919-M. George V. NGC graded MS-63. Ex Cheshire Collection The Arden Collection." This type was struck 1911-28 at the Sydney, Melbourne (shown here) 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. This is a slightly better date.

Recorded mintage: 514,000.

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

Catalog reference: S.3999; 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 74: the pre-Long Beach Sale, featuring the Arden Collection, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.

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