Now listed in Marsh's 'The Gold Sovereign' 2017 revised edition as Marsh reference 76A 'Inverted A for V in Victoria.' This was given the R2 rating, very rare.
We have only come across and sold one example of this rare inverted A 1880 Sydney sovereign in the past. Our previous coin was sold at £3,700 and was of a slightly better grade than this one. We didn't think we would see another one again but the owner of this coin saw that we had stocked one in the past and wish to sell it to us!
We have found a few other historical sales of this rare variety of the 1880S, one in a lower grade than this example was sold at auction in 2013 by Londoncoins for £1,287 including buyers fees (Auction142, 2989). A second one was sold in 2015 in a slightly better grade than ours for £3744 including buyers fees (A149, Lot 2827). A high grade example was also sold in the Bentley Collection part 2 lot 665 for hammer price £6000 in 2012.
The type is listed in Spink 2019 under the reference number 3855 at £1500 in VF and £2700 in EF compared with £325 in EF for the normal type.
|Weight / Size||Full|
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||0.235|
|Fineness / Carat||0.917 / 22|
|Obverse Designer||William Wyon|
|Reverse Designer||Jean Baptiste Merlen|
|Issuing Monarch||Victoria (1837-1901)|
|Mint / Brand||Sydney Mint|
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