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2005 Australian Gold Sovereign

Sovereigns In Stock Now For Immediate Delivery

The Perth Mint are producing a gold sovereign for 2005 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Australian sovereign. the reverse design is a re-creation of the original Sydney Mint sovereign dated 1855.
The new coin is being issued in ordinary uncirculated, and in proof qualities.
Exact specifications will be identical to normal sovereigns.


In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Australia's first sovereign, The Perth Mint has meticulously re-crafted the distinctive 'colonial' reverse of the Sydney Mint Type 1 sovereign on this 2005-dated Australian legal tender gold coin.
The historic significance of this unique commemorative will not be lost on collectors aware of the original coin's momentous impact on world coinage in 1855. Until then, London's Royal Mint was the sole producer of legal tender for Britain and her vast Empire.
But the discovery of gold in New South Wales in 1851 set in motion a train of events that led to the creation of the Royal Mint's first colonial branch. Empowered to produce sovereigns from Australian gold, the Sydney Mint, together with its junior siblings in Melbourne and Perth, went on to strike more than 400 million sovereigns prior to 1932.
The Perth Mint's tribute to the extremely rare Sydney Mint Type 1 sovereign is produced from the same purity of gold as the 1855 coin. Its flawless proof finish, strictly limited mintage and magnificent presentation packaging add further allure to this extremely collectable release.


The Perth Mint will release just 7,500 coins.

Sovereign Design

Leonard Charles Wyon's historic Type 1 reverse, which depicts St Edward's crown and a laurel wreath, is reproduced on the new sovereign. Like the original coin, it includes other design elements that have long fascinated numismatists and historians. The inclusion of the denomination ONE SOVEREIGN was a radical departure from the traditional Imperial design. Likewise, the words SYDNEY MINT and AUSTRALIA had never been seen before - the latter referring to a geographical concept of the 19th century rather than an independent nation.
The coin's obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the denomination and the 2005 year-date.

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Each 2005 Commemorative Sovereign comes with the book Australia's Sovereigns. Written by sovereign specialist Andrew Crellin, this invaluable historical reference provides fascinating information about the many obverse and reverse designs that appeared on sovereigns produced from Australian gold by the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth branches of the Royal Mint between 1855 and 1931. Packed with illustrations and invaluable hints and tips for collectors, it also incorporates a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and is protected within a stylised outer sleeve.

Historic Prices

Checking our new edition of Krause's World Gold Coins, we see that the original 1855 coin catalogues at $7,500 (about £4,000) in Fine condition, and $90,000 (£50,000) in Uncirculated. There is no price for B.U., and we reckon a near perfect original may well cost £100,000 if one exists. This 2005 re-creation makes for a bargain priced addition to almost any collection.

Australian Sovereign Book

The Perth Mint have published a book for the 150th anniversary of the Australian sovereigns. A copy is available free with every proof sovereign.

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Postage & Packing

UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10, Insured Shipping $20
Canada Airmail $15, Insured Shipping via Fedex $40

Obverse of 2005 Australia Sovereign

Obverse of 2005 Australia Uncirculated Gold Sovereign

Reverse of 2005 Australia Sovereign

Reverse of 2005 Australia Uncirculated Gold Sovereign

Reverse of 2005 Australia Sovereign

Reverse of 2005 Australia Proof Gold Sovereign

Obverse of 2005 Australia Sovereign

Obverse of 2005 Australia Proof Gold Sovereign

Reverse of 2005 Australian Proof Sovereign

Reverse of 2005 Australian Proof Gold Sovereign

Australian Sovereign Book

Australian Sovereign Book


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