Issued by the Sydney Mint, the 2005 Australian proof sovereign commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first Australian sovereign minted in 1855.
This 22 carat gold coin is struck to a proof finish. The coin comes in a protective plastic capsule, it does not have a box or certificate. This is a great opportunity to buy a high quality collectable coin at a low premium.
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Until 1855, The Royal Mint was the sole producer of legal tender coins for Great Britain and the vast British Empire. Gold was discovered in New South Wales, Australia in 1851. As the gold was being mined in Australia, it was more cost effective to produce sovereigns in Sydney rather than transporting the gold to London to strike sovereigns and then ship them back to Australia. The Royal Mint opened its first colonial branch, a branch mint in Sydney, Australia in 1855. At this time, the sovereign was a circulation coin with a nominal value of one pound, these British legal tender coins were used all over the British Empire. The Royal Mint went onto open two more branch mints in Australia, the Perth mint and the Melbourne mint. These three Australian branch mints struck more than 400 million sovereigns between 1855 and 1931.
Mintage is limited to 7,500 proof sovereigns.
The coin's obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the denomination and the 2005 year-date.
The original 1855 reverse design by Leonard Charles Wyon, the historic Type 1 reverse, featuring the St Edward's crown and a laurel wreath is reproduced on the 2005 sovereign.
|Alloy||22 carat gold|
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer||Leonard Charles Wyon|
|Actual Gold Weight||0.2354 Troy oz|
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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their gold content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.
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