Australia 1919-P sovereign
This specimen was lot 22149 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $504. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Sovereign, 1919-P. PCGS MS-63 Secure Holder. Intricately detailed and entirely vibrant." This type was struck 1911-28 at the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth mints (shown here). 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: 2,995,000.
Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, 21 mm diameter, .2354 troy oz AGW, designed by Bertram MacKennal.
Catalog reference: S-4001; Fr-40; KM-29.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.