1871 Sovereign Sydney Mint
COIN
1871 Sovereign Sydney Mint
QUALITY
Brilliant Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Spink Auctions 1981, Jaggard, Paul Terry, Hadley
PRICE
$ 20,000
COMMENTS
This coin is noted as the finest known. Visually it is a stand out piece. The striking is highly detailed, the coin still retains original golden lustre. What is remarkable is that this coin was struck for circulation more than a century ago in what can only be described as a factory environment.
SOLD
February 2016

Note the coin’s former owners. It comes as no surprise. Great collectors only ever own great coins.

The year 1871 is pivotal in Australia’s gold coin history. A new obverse portrait of Queen Victoria was introduced in that year. Known as the Young Head design it remained on Australia’s sovereigns until 1887. Two new reverse designs were also introduced in 1871 running in tandem: the Shield design by Jean Baptiste Merlen and the St George slaying the dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci.

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