The superb detail of Benedetto Pistrucci's St George & the Dragon reverse design. Notice the fields and the edges.
The superb detail of the obverse portrait of King George V. Again we comment on the edges and the fields.
The Sydney Mint was Australia's first mint and began receiving gold on May 14 1855, issuing its first sovereigns soon after on June 23.
After seventy-one years of operation, the mint was forced to close its official closing date 11 August 1926.
Its operations had been unprofitable for some time the irony being that a mint could go broke making coins.
The official reports from the Mint Master of the Sydney Mint to the Royal Mint London in the era 1922 to 1926 clearly reveal a mint in decline; the limited mintages evidence of such.
Today these coins have become vibrant collector’s items.
And while the four coins of 1922, 1923, 1924 and 1926 are high in demand, the stand-out year as far as collectors are concerned is the year 1926, which denotes the mint’s final year of coining.