Reverse: The Perth Mints Australia Sovereign Gold Proof Coin pays tribute to Wyons historic reverse design. With the name of the mint suitably amended, the modern issue also includes a small numeric privy mark denoting that 2020 is the 165th anniversary of Australias first sovereign. Sovereign coin backed by the Australian government. These won't last long, act quick!Commemorate the 165th anniversary of Australias first sovereign, add this 2020 Australia Gold Proof Sovereign to your cart today! Australias Gold rush of the 1850s unearthed vast quantities of Precious Metal. To turn this enormous wealth into coinage, the first overseas branch of Britains 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 Londons'Imperial versions by alternative obverse and reverse designs.
Created by Leonard Charles Wyon, one of the famous dynasty of 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 todays fully-fledged nation. To underline the point that these coins were not struck in London,'SYDNEY MINT was also incorporated in the'colonial design. 1,359 Item as described.Rec'd item, looking forward to doing business with again. The item "2020 Australia Gold Sovereign Proof SKU#206719" is in sale since Tuesday, February 11, 2020. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Australia & Oceania\Australia\Gold". The seller is "apmex" and is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This item can be shipped worldwide.