This is quite simply an extraordinary coin. The Sydney Mint, Australia’s very first mint, opened its doors in May 1855 and struck its first coin one month later.
This coin is Australia’s very first gold sovereign and in our opinion it is number one; the absolute finest 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign known.
It appears to have had ‘kid-gloves’ handling from the very moment that it was minted. The coin has full mint bloom and comes with a ‘wow’ factor. It is proof-like.
Miraculously it has gone through the minting process and has avoided the contact marks that we typically see in most gold coins.
It is as though it was hand-picked off the production line the instant it was struck. And cherished in the intervening years. How else do you explain the extraordinary condition in which it is presented?
Furthermore the striking is sharp and highly detailed, quite remarkable for a coin struck in the colonial era.
But if we get down to the nitty-gritty of ownership we see that it has come through the esteemed hands of A H Baldwin and has been formerly owned by collectors Robert Jaggard and Tom Hadley.
These names are a stamp of approval on this coin.
A H Baldwin was a collector and professional dealer based in London. His acumen for selecting the very best coins was recognised worldwide.
Robert Jaggard is to this day Australia’s leading gold coin specialist. (His name has been prominent in the media as having sold all four of the known 1920 Sydney Sovereigns: million dollar-plus items. A professional of his calibre, with access to vast quantities of gold coins, would only ever acquire the very best for his personal use.
And Tom Hadley? He used the services of Barrie Winsor to accumulate the very best gold coin collection over a period of more than twenty years.