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During the second half of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century, The Royal Mint established branch mints across the world near new sources of gold discoveries. Three branch mints opened in Australia, in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, and each had their own distinctive mint mark.

This set includes a Sovereign from each of the Australian branch mints and one of the first Sovereigns struck in Sydney with the word ‘AUSTRALIA’ within a wreath on the reverse. Each Sovereign also features a royal portrait of either Queen Victoria, Edward VII or George V on the obverse.

The Mint Marks of the Australian Branch Mints

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Specification

1857-1870 Sydney Sovereign

Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.98 g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Leonard C Wyon
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Leonard C Wyon
Quality Circulating
Year 1870
Pure Metal Type Gold
Condition Minimum of Very Fine

1893-1901 Sydney Sovereign

Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.980g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Thomas Brock RA
Quality Uncirculated
Year 1893-1901
Pure Metal Type Gold
Condition Minimum of Very Fine

1902-1910 Melbourne Sovereign

Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.980g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Specification Value
Obverse Designer George William de Saulles
Quality Uncirculated
Year 1902-1910
Pure Metal Type Gold
Condition Minimum of Very Fine

1911-1928 Perth Sovereign

Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.980g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Bertram Mackennal
Quality Uncirculated
Year 1911-1928
Pure Metal Type Gold
Condition Minimum of Very Fine
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