Australia 1919-P sovereign

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 22149
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This specimen was lot 22149 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $504. The catalog description[1] 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.
  • [1]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.

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