2009 Australia Proof Gold Perth Mint Sovereign

2009 Australia Proof Gold Perth Mint Sovereign

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The Perth Mint pays homage to the rich history of coinage in the country with this 2009 gold sovereign. This release was inspired by sovereigns that were struck at the Sydney Mint from 1855-1866.

Coin Highlights:
  • Contains .2354 oz actual gold weight.
  • Housed in a capsule.
  • Limited mintage of 2,500 coins.
  • Obverse: A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II wearing her Royal Diamond Diadem graces the obverse. The design, which was created by Jody Clark, is encircled by a rim frame. That frame bears inscriptions of the monarch's name, "ELIZABETH II," the coin's date, "2009," the name of the country of issue, "AUSTRALIA," and the coin's face value, "25 DOLLARS." Jody Clark was formerly an engraver at The Royal Mint. In addition to his Queen Elizabeth II portrait, he is also known for his contributions to the Queen's Beasts series.
  • Reverse: The reverse design depicts Commonwealth coat of arms.
  • Sovereign coin backed by the Australian government.

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Australia’s gold rush of the 1850s unearthed vast quantities of precious metal. To turn this enormous wealth into coinage, the first overseas branch of Britain’s Royal Mint was opened in Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, in 1855. Enjoying a privilege historically reserved for the mother mint in London, it was empowered to turn gold into official coins called sovereigns.

In the early years of production, Sydney sovereigns were differentiated from London’s "imperial" versions by alternative obverse and reverse designs. Created by Leonard Charles Wyon, one of the famous dynasty of 19th century engravers, the Sydney Type I reverse featured elements representing radical departures from tradition.

For the first time, the denomination "ONE SOVEREIGN" was included on the reverse, which also comprised depictions of St. Edward's crown and a laurel wreath. The word "AUSTRALIA" was prominently positioned, even though this was a geographical concept at the time rather than today’s fully-fledged nation. To underline the point that these coins were not struck in London, "SYDNEY MINT" was also incorporated in the colonial design.

Sovereigns bearing this reverse were produced until 1870, after which all Australian-made versions featured imperial designs with the addition of a small mint mark.

Perth Mint Commemorative Coins
APMEX has a wide variety of gold products struck from Australia’s famous The Perth Mint. Founded in 1899, The Perth Mint is a world leader in the design and production of precious metals minted products. Under the Currency Act of 1965, The Perth Mint is empowered to issue Australia’s official gold and silver bullion coins. It also strikes many of Australia’s limited-edition collector coins.

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