Australia 1926-P sovereign

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20192
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Goldberg sale 67, lot 3382
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

The first specimen was lot 20192 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $3,220. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V gold Sovereign 1926P, MS63 NGC, fully lustrous, very scarce date and mint, especially in this designation." The second specimen was lot 3382 in Goldberg sale 67 (Los Angeles, January 2012), where it sold for $1,437.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Australia. Sovereign, 1926-P. George V. Reverse: St. George slaying dragon. Very scarce date. NGC graded MS-61." This type was struck 1911-28 at the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth mints. The Perth mint, which produced the specimen shown here, was used mostly to strike sovereigns. It issued other denominations only sporadically before it closed in 1964. The Australian sovereign 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. As British issues effectively ceased after 1916, Australian sovereigns of George V are quite a bit more common. A slightly modified type (KM 32) was struck 1929 to 1931, when gold coinage ceased altogether.

Recorded mintage: 1,131,000.

Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW, designed by Bertram MacKennal; the first specimen: 7.98 grams, 22.20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S.4001; Fr-40; KM 29.


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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]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey, Paul Rynearson and Jason Bradford, Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient & World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2011.

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