Highly detailed in both the Crown and the legend. The lettering 'AUSTRALIA' is consistently strong.
Over the years there has been vigorous debate about which coin should be more valued.
The coin that was given kid gloves treatment and struck to proof quality, never intended to be used.
Or the coin that was struck for circulation in a production line of thousands. And has survived the manufacturing process, preserved in its almost original condition.
This coin fuels the debate for its state of preservation is miraculous.
The 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign is the nation's first official gold coin. In the upper quality levels the coin is exceedingly rare and is respected the world over.
Only four elite '55 sovereigns are known and they are detailed below.
Coin number 1. This coin, acquired from K.J.C Coins in 2007 by a Queensland Collector.
Coin number 2. Originally held by leading gold dealer (now retired) Robert Jaggard. Acquired by Barrie Winsor and sold to the Quartermaster Collection. Acquired by Coinworks at the Quartermaster Auction and sold to a Coinworks client where it is still held.
Coin number 3. From the famed London based, Sharps Pixley Collection, sold by Spink Auctions November 1989. Acquired by Barrie Winsor and became part of the famous George Collection sold in the U.K. March 2014.
Coin number 4. Acquired by Barrie Winsor from Knightsbridge Coins London. Acquired by Coinworks and sold to Coinworks client July 2003 where it is still held.
The Quartermaster 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign was always considered the benchmark as far as ‘55s were concerned.
Its status as 'the finest known' related more to its eye appeal and the lustrous state of its fields rather than the coin's striking.
The 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign offered here is well struck and its striking is superior to the Quartermaster example.
Superb detail in the hair of a young Queen Victoria.
Coinworks respect for the 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign is well documented.
In the upper quality levels the coin is extremely rare: a rarity that far outweighs demand.
The ’55 sovereign is sought by the collector that is targeting key dates. The very first year of our official gold currency is an important date in Australia’s numismatic and financial history.
The '55 sovereign appeals to the sovereign collector.
And given the scarcity of the '55 sovereign in the upper quality levels, it also appeals to the investor.