The discovery of payable gold in the colony of New South Wales in 1851 lay behind the establishment of the Sydney branch of the Royal Mint, which opened on 14 May 1855. The Sydney Mint produced its first Type I sovereign, featuring a unique ‘colonial’ design, on 23 June.
This coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 91.67% pure gold.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 1,000 of the 2017 Australian Half Sovereign Gold Proof Coin.
The commemorative 2017 Australian Half Sovereign portrays St Edwards crown, a laurel wreath and the word AUSTRALIA, historic elements of Leonard Charles Wyon’s original Type I reverse.
The coin is housed in a prestigious wooden presentation case with superbly illustrated shipper and sleeve, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Gold Content (Troy oz) 0.1176
Monetary Denomination (AUD) $15
Fineness (% purity) 91.67
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 3.994
Maximum Diameter (mm) 20.00
Maximum Thickness (mm) 1.60
Maximum Mintage 1,000