The world's most renowned gold
coin, in proof finish, with low mintage and a decidedly Australian
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It is not overstepping the bounds of reason to describe the Gold
as the most famous gold coin in the world. Dating
to 1489 and
the reign of King Henry VII of England, the sovereign has played an
indispensable role in commerce and banking through the centuries of the
British Empire (upon which "the sun never set"). When Ian Fleming's
hero, James Bond, needed to buy his way out
of sticky situations, he carried 50 gold sovereigns
hidden in a secret compartment in his attaché case. The
Mint in London (and its several branch mints scattered around the
Empire, including the historic Perth Mint) helped to satisfy the
worldwide demand for this keystone of trade. Before wire transfers,
electronic funds, and even large denomination paper money, gold
sovereigns struck during the reigns of Queen
were the cornerstone of global finance and big business, universally
accepted across the globe!
Now, for the first time in decades, an Australian version of the
prestigious and historic Gold
is back in production at the
Perth Mint! With a tiny mintage limit of only 2,500 and the uniquely
Australian Commonwealth Coat of Arms on the obverse, we expect strong
demand for this best known of all gold coins. The Mint has
judiciously decided to retain the traditional specifications of the
Australian (and British) gold sovereigns. The coin still weighs 7.9881
grams and is struck in 22-karat gold, as one would expect. Thus, this
Proof Gold Sovereign contains exactly 113 grains (7.322 g or .2354 troy
ounces) of pure gold, as sovereigns have for the past two hundred years.
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The Coat of Arms of Australia
Formally known as the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, the Coat of Arms of
Australia is the official symbol of the country of Australia. The first
official Commonwealth Coat of Arms was granted exactly 100 years ago,
by a Royal Warrant of King
The design comprises a white and blue shield displaying six small
escutcheons and a cross of St. George featuring five six-pointed white
stars. Above the shield (with its supporters of a red kangaroo and an
emu standing on a grassy mound) is the crest containing the
seven-pointed gold "Star of Federation" (also known as the
"Commonwealth Star") on a wreath of white and blue. Six of the Star's
points represent the six original States of Australia, while the
seventh point represents the Commonwealth Territories (and any future
states). The motto "Advance Australia" is inscribed on a scroll at the
base of the shield. This is the coat of arms that appears on the
obverse of this coin.
thought the 1908 Coat of Arms appeared on certain Australian coins as
late as 1966, it was officially replaced in 1912, when King
made Australia's second grant of arms in a Royal Warrant. The new
design incorporates a shield containing the badges of the six
New South Wales
- The Cross of St. George with lion in the center and four stars in the
- A blue Maltese cross, with a crown as the center badge, on a white
- The Australian piping shrike (a bird) on a yellow field
- A red lion rampant on a white field
- The constellation of the Southern Cross, surmounted by a crown, on a
- A black swan on a yellow field
The border of the shield symbolizes Federation, which occurred in 1901.
The crest, again featuring the gold, seven-pointed Star of Federation
and now a wreath of gold and blue, appears above the shield, which is
supported by the same representatives of Australia's native fauna, the
red kangaroo and the emu.
Although not technically part of the official design as described in
the Royal Warrant that grants the armorial bearings, there are two
additional elements. In the background is a wreath or spray
golden wattle, the official national floral emblem (though the
depiction of the species is not botanically accurate). At the bottom of
the coat of arms is a scroll that contains the name of the nation.
Although not official, it is customary for these two elements to be
portrayed, as they are here on the coin's reverse.
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We like this coin as a long term buy-and-hold for several
• It is the second of a new and ongoing
Proof Gold Sovereigns to be struck by the Perth Mint.
• The size is right, allowing for a
significant amount of gold at a reasonable and affordable price.
• The mintage is very low for a coin of
this size - only 2,500!
• It continues the
Perth Mint's historic association with the Sovereign gold coin!
Imagine a collector trying to assemble a set of gold sovereigns a
decade or two from now - they'll need this coin! But with only 2,500
having been minted (all those years ago), you'll be in the catbird
seat, controlling a key date!
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the center, the current Coat of Arms of Australia. Above, the
legend AUSTRALIA and below, the legend SOVEREIGN indicated the coin
Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed
under the scroll of the coat of arms to the right, near the 3:00
A frosted cameo portrait of Her Majesty, Queen
Elizabeth II of England
in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her
Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl
earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The
legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and the denomination also appear.
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The coin is encapsulated inside an solid wood, clamshell-style
presentation case lined with black velvet, protected by
outer box also lined with black velvet. An individually-numbered
certificate of authenticity is