1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign Type II EF

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1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign Type II EF

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  • The last date of Australia's coveted Sydney Mint Sovereign series!
  • Struck at the now-defunct Sydney Mint and discovered in a bank vault in Switzerland!
  • A genuine artefact of Australia's Gold Rush.
  • Scarcely seen in premium grade EF, as presented here!


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Gold Rush history you can hold in your hands, the famous Sydney Mint Sovereign is an essential component of every Australian collection. Cherry-picked from the Swiss Bank Sovereign Hoard - an amazing cache of Australian gold found in a bank vault in Switzerland - we have the last date 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign available in premium grade Extremely Fine!

An Australian first

Struck at Australia's now-defunct Sydney Mint, the Sydney Mint Sovereign earned the mantle of Australia's first sovereign type, and was struck as a direct result of the Gold Rush. Originally deemed as official legal tender in New South Wales only, the coin was quickly accepted in other Australian colonies and, crept into purses as far afield as Britain, India, Hong Kong and Newfoundland.

Legal tender - by popular demand!

Thanks to their widespread appeal, Britain soon found itself forced to declare Sydney Mint Sovereigns to be legal tender beyond the colonies in 1866. This decision transformed the coin from circulating currency to international commodity. With sovereigns traded extensively across the globe (to satisfy international debt after WWI, for example) it is actually not that surprising that large hoard finds occur in seemingly unlikely places - such as a bank vault in Switzerland, as was the case with these examples.

Scarce in premium grade

Very scarce in the upper echelons of quality, we have the 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign from the Swiss Bank Hoard available in Extremely Fine. Do not miss this tremendous opportunity!

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Country of IssueAustralia
Year of Issue1870
Weight (g)7.9881
Mintage 1,220,000
Metal Purity (%)91.67
GradeExtremely Fine
Diameter (mm)22.05
Issued BySydney Mint
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