1860 Sydney Mint Sovereign Obverse.
1860 Sydney Mint Sovereign Reverse.
'1860' - a key date of the series.
Every series has its key dates, those years that are harder to find than others.
In the case of the Sydney Mint Sovereign series, the 1860 Sydney Mint Sovereign is one of the great rarities.
The Sydney Mint Sovereign series ran from 1855 until 1870 with the first obverse design appearing between 1855 and 1856 and the second between 1857 and 1870.
Two dates are regarded as the absolute key dates of the second obverse design series they being 1858 and this coin, the 1860.
A key date in superb quality. And a great rarity.
The value today of any coin is a combination of two elements.
The finesse of the striking. And just how well it has been cared for in the intervening years.
And this 1860 Sydney Mint Sovereign scores highly on both counts. Brilliant strike. And painstakingly preserved.
The 1860 Sydney Mint Sovereign is an elusive coin in any quality.
But the coin on offer here is just not ‘any quality’. This coin is ascribed the higher grading level of Choice Uncirculated.
You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of premium quality 1860 Sydney Mint Sovereigns that we have sold.
A classic Australian gold sovereign rarity.
Australia’s gold coinage history began in 1855 with the introduction of the Sydney Mint design.
It was a style that rejected the protocols of London and which imparted a uniquely Australian flavour into the nation’s first official gold coinage.
For the first - and only time - the word AUSTRALIA appeared on our sovereigns.
The Sydney Mint design continued until 1870.
In 1871 Australia’s gold coinage took on the more traditional English designs of St George and the Dragon and the Shield.
The buyer that acquires this sovereign will be taking up a classic Australian coin rarity.