Mints and Mintmarks - Melbourne Mint
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Since 1871, British sovereigns were struck at branch mints, in addition to the Royal Mint in London. The first branch mint to strike sovereigns was Sydney in Australia. It made good sense to produce British sovereigns close to the gold mining source areas, rather than ship the gold to London to be made into coin, then possibly ship it back again. In 1872, the Melbourne mint followed.
The Perth, Australia mint started production of sovereigns in 1899, and the Ottawa mint in Canada started in 1908.
The Bombay mint in India struck sovereigns in just one year, 1918, and the Pretoria mint in South Africa started production in 1923.
The mintmarks used by the various mints are as follows:-
The mintmarks are to be found on the ground above the centre of the date, at least for the Jubilee, Old Head, Edward VII and George V sovereigns. Many collectors find the mintmarks very difficult to find at their first attempt, but it really is quite easy once you know where to look. It helps of course to use a magnifying glass!
Our photographs show a number of Melbourne Mint sovereigns, all showing the M mintmark clearly.
Melbourne Mint, Australia
The Melbourne Mint in Australia struck gold sovereigns between 1872 and 1931.
Some of these are common, some scarce, some rare, and others very rare.
The Melbourne mint was set up to coin the gold, which had only recently been discovered in Victoria, into gold sovereigns. It opened for business in 1872.
Melbourne Mint sovereigns were produced in the following years:-
* = Includes St. George Type
The rarity of each date is not quite in proportion to the mintage figures. Many are thought to have been melted down, some dates being affected more than others. The 1925 is much scarcer than its mintage figure would indicate, making it also a fairly scarce date of sovereign.
Rather than duplicate our listing of sovereigns for sale, we include the Melbourne Mint sovereigns which we have for sale on their appropriate pages, being :-