1857-70 Sydney Mint Type II Sovereign F-VF

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1857-70 Sydney Mint Type II Sovereign F-VF

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Desirable in any condition, the 1857-70 Sydney Mint Sovereign Type II represents one of the peaks of collecting in this country. Nowhere in Australian numismatics is there to be found a greater combination of beauty, history and rarity.

Springing into life as a direct consequence of the 1850s Gold Rush, Sydney won the right to establish Australia's first Mint when legislation passed through the British Parliament in August 1853. A branch of the Royal Mint, the Sydney Mint struck its first sovereigns - the Type I - from June 1855. The obverse motif was replaced in 1857, with the new Type II sovereigns carrying the 'Wreath Head' portrayal of Queen Victoria. Both types carried the most distinctive reverse design of the sovereign series, proudly emblazoned with 'SYDNEY MINT', 'AUSTRALIA' and 'ONE SOVEREIGN'.

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Intended to be legal tender in New South Wales only, and yet quickly accepted as far afield as Hong Kong, Ceylon and Newfoundland, the Sydney Mint Sovereign was actually a victim of its own popularity! British authorities were shocked to find that the 'inferior' colonial issues were actually preferred to Royal Mint Sovereigns!

Although supplanted by standard British designs from 1871 as a result, the Sydney Mint Sovereign would forever hold a crucial place in Australian history. Indeed, more than just a coin, the Sydney Mint Sovereign is living history - physical evidence of the Gold Rush that gripped the colony in the 1850s, and inspired the march to Federation in 1901.

In Fine to Very Fine condition, we have a small number of examples of the 1857-70 Sydney Mint Sovereign Type II available - dates of our choice.

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Country of IssueAustralia
Year of Issue1857-70
Weight (g)7.9881
Metal Purity (%)91.67
GradeFine to Very Fine
Diameter (mm)22.05
Issued BySydney Mint
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