Mintage:5,579,157 Reverse Designer:Benedetto PistrucciObverse Designer:Sir Thomas BrockSize:21.5mmWeight:7.99gEdge:ReededComposition:91.67% Gold 8.33% Copper
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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