Australia 1922-S sovereign

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 30377
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This specimen was lot 30377 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $26,400. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V gold Sovereign 1922-S MS63 PCGS, Sydney mint. A true rarity, this charmingly choice example is the first of the date which we have offered and should serve as a stunning keystone in any British commonwealth collection. Appreciated for its scarcity, the original mintage figure for this date was nearly 600,000, but the continued usage of Australian and South African sovereigns in the post-WWI international economy caused quantities to transfer endlessly to and from London. Eventually, the Bank of England melted nearly 100 million of these sovereigns, many of them being recently minted overseas issues such as the 1922 Sydney emission. As such, it is scarcely encountered and hotly contested, especially when remaining in such a pristine state of preservation as this piece. An exceptional opportunity for the true connoisseur." This date, from a type struck 1911-28 at Perth, Melbourne and Sydney (shown here), is very scarce.

Recorded mintage: 578,000, a rare date.

Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 29, S-4003, Fr-38.


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  • McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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