Throughout the 19th century, Australian currency was an assortment of foreign coins, promissory notes and rum trades. The gold rush of this era became a pivotal event for Australian society, assisting in the development of both a form of currency and a unique identity.
The Adelaide Assay Office was established in 1852, and in its short life produced gold ingots and Australia’s first gold coin, the Adelaide Pound. Official branches of the Royal Mint opened in Sydney (1855), Melbourne (1872) and Perth (1899), producing sovereigns and other pre-decimal coins.
The Royal Australian Mint opened in 1965, superseding other Australian mints to become the sole producer of the country’s decimal coins.
For this special year, the set includes an ‘S’, ‘M' and ‘P’ privy mark, denoting the locations of the first mints. The ‘C’ mintmark completes the collection.
The coins’ reverse emulate a Sydney Mint sovereign design
Packaged on a four-coin presentation card