This commemorative proof coin celebrates the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth while paying tribute to the historic 1855 Sydney Mint sovereign coin designed by Royal Mint Engraver Leonard Charles Wyon, which was the first coin to be produced at The Sydney Mint in 1855.
Under the authority of Queen Victoria, who was the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom and its colonies from 1837 until her death in 1901, a new reverse design was developed to differentiate the Sydney Mint sovereigns from the Imperial coins.
In 1857 a bold new effigy of the Queen featuring a sprig of banksia in her hair was circulated and subsequent historic Australian coins incorporated elements of the Imperial sovereign’s design.
From 1871 the coins reverted to strictly Imperial designs. Following the establishment of Royal Mint branches in Melbourne and Perth, these designs incorporated an ‘S’, ‘M’ or ‘P’ mintmark to denote their place of manufacture.
The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 91.70% gold.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 500 of the Australia Double Sovereign 2019 Gold Proof Coin.
The coin’s reverse portrays the St Edward’s crown, a laurel wreath and the word ‘AUSTRALIA’, historic elements of Royal Mint engraver Leonard Charles Wyon’s original Type I reverse. The design also includes the inscriptions ‘PERTH MINT’ and ‘DOUBLE SOVEREIGN’. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth in 2019, the coin also bears the encircled number ‘200’.
The coin is housed in a classic display case with a wooden lid. Packaged with an illustrated shipper, each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Gold Content (Troy oz) 0.4712
Monetary Denomination (AUD) $50
Fineness (% purity) 91.70
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 15.982
Maximum Diameter (mm) 28.90
Maximum Thickness (mm) 2.30
Maximum Mintage 500