Two of Australia’s rarest gold coins were sold at Roxbury’s October sale held in Queensland.
An example of a Type I Sydney Mint 1856 sovereign (KM-2; Marsh-361) were the first gold coins struck in Australia.
The obverse by James Wyon shows a young-head Victoria.
On reverse a laurel wreath encloses the word AUSTRALIA topped by a crown with the words ONE SOVEREIGN below and SYDNEY MINT above. These coins were struck for just two years.
The coin came graded aUNC-UNC. It realized $39,259, or well over double estimate.
A Sydney Mint 1887 Jubilee head/shield reverse plain edge proof half sovereign (KM-9 ; Marsh-138B) in FDC condition brought $34,272.
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