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2018 Australian Double Sovereign Gold Proof Coin
First Double Sovereign from the Perth Mint - Only 500 Minted!
* Proof quality 22-carat (91.70%) gold
* Commemorative reverse design
* The Perth Mint's first double sovereign
* Australian legal tender
* Limited mintage - 500
* Prestigious presentation packaging
* Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
The first Australian sovereign, featuring a unique "colonial" design, was struck at the newly opened Sydney branch of The Royal Mint on 23 June 1855. Following its release there ensued an unbroken 76-year history of gold sovereign production in Australia. More than 400 million coins were created in Sydney and at Royal Mint branches subsequently opened in Melbourne and Perth. From 1871 the coins featured Imperial designs with the addition of “S”, “M” or “P” mintmarks respectively to identify their place of manufacture. The various combinations of reverse features and obverse effigies mean today”s collectors must find almost 200 different Australian sovereigns to complete a set.
The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 91.70% gold and issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965. The Perth Mint will release no more than 500 of the Australia Double Sovereign 2018 Gold Proof Coin. The commemorative 2018 Australia Double Sovereign portrays St Edward”s crown and a laurel wreath with the words AUSTRALIA and DOUBLE SOVEREIGN, which are the historic elements of the original Leonard Charles Wyon Type I reverse. To mark where this modern tribute was created it also features the inscription PERTH MINT. The coin”s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2018 year-date.
The coin is housed in a prestigious wooden presentation case within a superbly illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Metal Content (Troy oz): 0.4712
Fineness (% purity): 91.67
Minimum Gross Weight (g): 15.982
Monetary Denomination (AUD): 50.00
Maximum Diameter (mm): 28.90
Maximum Thickness (mm): 2.30