1872 Sovereign Melbourne Mint

1872 Melb Mint Sov date side
1872 Sovereign Melbourne Mint
1872 Sovereign Melbourne Mint
1872 Sovereign Melbourne Mint
Choice Uncirculated
Barrie Winsor Collection
$ 24,500
This 1872 Sovereign is pivotal to Australia’s gold coin history for it represents the very first year of sovereign production at the Melbourne Mint and depicts the Young Head design of Queen Victoria with the St George reverse. Not only the first year of production at the mint in Melbourne, but this coin has the lowest recorded mintage of the entire Young Head Shield series, from both the Sydney and Melbourne Mint. (History records that the dies dated 1872 did not reach the Melbourne Mint until April of that year.)
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1872 Sovereign Melbourne Mint
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The supreme quality of this 1872 Sovereign makes it even more appealing. Presented in Choice Uncirculated, the coin is immaculately struck and highly detailed. Furthermore, it has been brilliantly preserved for the coin has smooth surfaces and strong edges.

Historical records reveal that the Melbourne Mint was experiencing problems with its sovereign production in its first year of operation which makes the quality of this particular sovereign all the more remarkable.

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