1910 Proof Sovereign Melbourne Mint
1910 Proof Sovereign Melbourne Mint
COIN
1910 Proof Sovereign Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Pratley, Winsor, Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$ 125,000
COMMENTS
The Proof Gold Sovereigns of King Edward VII are incredibly scarce. Our experiences attest to their scarcity. This is the second only King Edward VII Proof Sovereign that we have handled in a career that spans forty-plus years.
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September 2014
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The Proof Gold Sovereigns of King Edward VII are incredibly scarce. Our experiences attest to their scarcity. This is the second only King Edward VII Proof Sovereign that we have handled in a career that spans forty-plus years.

The infrequent sightings of King Edward VII proofs are explained by the facts detailed below:

While Edward VII reigned from 1902 to 1910, records indicate that Proof Sovereigns were only struck in 1902, 1904 and 1910.

The 1904 Proof Sovereign has never been sighted. Retired gold coin specialist Barrie Winsor has cast doubt as to its existence and believes that ‘the 1904’ may have never been struck.

The only known privately held examples of the Edward VII Proof Sovereign are as follows:

  • 1902 Proof Sovereign struck at the Sydney Mint, last publicly sighted when it sold at Spink Auctions in November 1989 for $9100. It is believed unique in private hands.
  • 1902 Proof Sovereign struck at the Melbourne Mint, sold privately by Coinworks in 1998 for $45,000. Originally held by the Royal Mint Pretoria and acquired by Coinworks, it is believed to be unique. Now in a long term family collection, we doubt that it will ever be re-offered for sale.
  • The 1910 Proof Sovereign struck at the Melbourne Mint, offered here. The former property of renowned gold coin specialists Ross Pratley and Barrie Winsor, it is unique in private hands.

From a purely financial perspective, the most potent investment coins are those that are quite obviously rare in themselves. BUT (and this is the clincher) they belong to a sector of the market that is so limited in numbers that it doesn’t give the buyer easy alternatives. It is the notion that if you pass on this coin, you will more than likely never be given the opportunity of securing another date out of the same era. We have often referred to this type of coin as being the ‘trump card’.

This statement may well have been written for this unique 1910 Proof Sovereign of King Edward VII.

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