Australia 1923-P sovereign
This specimen was lot 22246 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $384. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Sovereign, 1923-P. Perth Mint. PCGS MS-63. Brilliant and charming, this choice piece stands as a great Mint State example of the sovereign series." This type, struck 1911-31 at Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, is identical to the ordinary British sovereign in every respect except for the mintmark. The Perth mint was opened in 1899 to strike the gold found in Australia and was not employed to strike ordinary circulation coinage until 1922.
Recorded mintage: 2,124,000.
Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, 0.234 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: S-4001; Fr-40; KM-29.
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