Australia 1931-M sovereign

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from Goldberg sale 98, lot 2322
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This specimen was lot 2322 in Goldberg sale 98 (Los Angeles, June 2017), where it sold for $646. The catalog description[1] noted, "Australia. Sovereign, 1931-M. George V. NGC graded MS-62. WINGS." This type was struck 1929-31 at the Melbourne and Perth mints. 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. This issue is a slight modification of KM 29, struck 1911-28.

Recorded mintage: 57,000, a somewhat better date.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-39; KM-32.


  • 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.
  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 98: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.

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