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1897-M  Full Sovereign reverse 1897-M  Full Sovereign obverse

1897-M Full Sovereign

Mintage:5,130,565
Reverse Designer:Benedetto Pistrucci Obverse Designer:Sir Thomas Brock Size:21.5mm Weight:7.99g Edge:Reeded Composition:91.67% Gold
8.33% Copper

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Sales History

The final run of Victorian sovereigns were struck from 1893 to 1901 at the Sydney, Melbourne, and, in the final 3 years, the Perth mint after its opening in 1899. All dates can be considered rare in MS63, and very rare in MS64 and up with only a handful of certified examples (PCGS Population Chart, 2009) . The key date of the series is the 1899 Perth mint sovereign; other key dates include the 1893 Melbourne and the 1898 Sydney. Several bank rolls were found of the Melbourne mint issues but most coins were graded between MS61 and MS62 with very few notably higher; this does, however, account for the availability of some years in the lower mint state grades.

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