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1871 Sovereign & Half Sovereign


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1871 Sovereign & Half Sovereign
COIN
1871 Sovereign & Half Sovereign
PRICE
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STATUS
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PROVENANCE
Acquired by Private Treaty in January 2003, Winsor & Sons.
COMMENTS
Unique, it is the very first gold proof coin to be struck in Australia and represents the first year of an important design change from the Sydney Mint design to the Young Head portrait of Queen Victoria. Unequivocally, a heritage piece. As the only mint in operation in 1871, the Sydney Mint takes all the glory for issuing a new portrait design of Queen Victoria on Australia's sovereigns. Not just a new portrait, the Deputy Master of the mint was given a choice of two reverse designs, that of St George and the Dragon and the second option, that of the Shield. Both to run concurrently. It was inevitable that one design would be favoured over the other and that a low mintage super-star would emerge
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Australia's gold proof coins are highly respected. 

Australia has some of the rarest and most beautiful coins you could imagine, particularly in the proof gold sovereign and proof half sovereign sector. The coins are prestigious. They inspire respect and admiration.

Ask collectors why they pursue proof coins over circulating currency and the prestige of owning a proof coin is most likely at the top of their list. It's the euphoria that comes with owning something that very few other people can ever possess.

Proof coins are by definition, extremely rare and their scarcity is a natural draw card. In some respect, proof coin collectors are playing it smart because the inherent rarity of proof coinage provides a level of assurance that the market will never be inundated with examples, protecting their investment.

Local buyers have always had confidence in this sector of the market simply because of the quality and extreme rarity of the coins.

But another layer of confidence has been added to the Australian rare coin market.

In 2021, international collectors began buying up Australia’s proof sovereigns and half sovereigns outbidding local collectors.

The buying spree continued in 2022. And again in 2023 in Zurich where a Young Head Proof Sovereign sold at auction knocking out Australian bidders.

Demand has increased. And supplies are still as restricted as ever. This is the perfect climate for price growth.

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1871 Proof Half Sovereign 
Perth Mint - Obverse

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1871 Proof Half Sovereign 
Perth Mint - Reverse

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1871 Proof  Sovereign 
Perth Mint
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1871 Proof  Sovereign 
Perth Mint
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Unique 1871 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign.

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1871 Sydney Mint Proof Sovereign.

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