Australian Sovereign

2020 Gold Proof Coin

The 2020 Australia Sovereign celebrates the 165th anniversary of the Sydney Type I reverse, Australia’s first sovereign gold coin. Featuring:

  • Proof quality 22-carat (91.67%) gold
  • Commemorative sovereign design
  • ‘165’ privy mark celebrates Australia’s first sovereign
  • Issue limit – 950
  • Australian Legal Tender

In response to the gold rush of the 1850s, the first overseas branch of Britain’s Royal Mint opened in Sydney, capital of New South Wales, in 1855. The first coin struck was the sovereign, differentiated from London’s ‘Imperial’ versions by alternative designs created by royal engraver Leonard Charles Wyon. Celebrating this distinctly Australian coin, The Perth Mint’s 2020 Australia Sovereign incorporates historical elements of the 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign with the addition of a special privy mark marking 165 years since it was first produced.

Commemorative Coin Design

This commemorative proof coin depicts the St Edwards Crown and two laurel wreaths, historical elements of Australia’s first sovereign, together with the inscriptions ‘AUSTRALIA’ and ‘SOVEREIGN’. ‘PERTH MINT’ is also included to denote place of manufacture, modified from the original Sydney sovereign. An encircled ‘165’ privy mark celebrates the coin’s 165th anniversary in 2020.

Prestigious Packaging and Numbered Certificate

This coin is housed in a prestigious wooden display case within a stylish themed shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

 

Technical Specifications

Year Date 2020
Gold Content (Troy oz) 0.2354
Monetary Denomination (AUD) 25
Fineness (% purity) 91.67
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 7.988
Maximum Diameter (mm) 22.55
Maximum Thickness (mm) 1.90
Maximum Mintage 1,000
Finish Proof
Legal Tender Australian Legal Tender
Effigy Jody Clark design of H.M Queen Elizabeth II
Designer Ing Ing Jong

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