Australia Sovereign 2022 $50 Gold High Relief Piedfort Proof Coin
- Beautiful commemorative reverse design inspired by the Royal Coat of Arms
- Features a ‘70’ privy mark and platinum plated St Edward’s Crown to mark the platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne
- Struck by the Perth Mint from 22-carat (91.67%) pure Gold to Proof quality
- Australian legal tender - limited mintage of 300 coins
- Features prestigous presentation packaging with numbered Certificate of Authenticity
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Australia’s gold rush of the 1850s unearthed vast quantities of precious metal. To turn this enormous wealth into coinage, the first overseas branch of Britain’s Royal Mint was opened in Sydney, capital of New South Wales, in 1855. Enjoying a privilege historically reserved for the mother mint in London, it was empowered to turn gold into official coins called sovereigns.
In the early years of production, Sydney sovereigns were differentiated from London’s ‘Imperial’ versions by alternative obverse and reverse designs. Created by Leonard Charles Wyon, one of the famous dynasty of the 19th century engravers, the Sydney Type I reverse featured elements representing radical departures from tradition.
For the first time the denomination ‘ONE SOVEREIGN’ was included on the reverse which also comprised depictions of St Edward's Crown and a laurel wreath. The word ‘AUSTRALIA’ was prominently positioned, even though this was a geographical concept at the time rather than today’s fully-fledged nation. To underline the point that these coins were not struck in London, ‘SYDNEY MINT’ was also incorporated in the ‘colonial’ design.
The Perth Mint’s Australia Sovereign Gold Proof High Relief Piedfort Coin pays tribute to Wyon’s historic reverse design. With the name of the mint suitable amended, this modern issue also includes the small ‘70’ numeric privy mark and platinum plated St Edward’s Crown denoting that 2022 is the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne - click add to cart now!