1879 Melbourne Sovereign

£425.00

The sovereign is made of 22 carat gold, and weighs 7.98 grams. It contains 0.2354 ounce of fine gold.

Only 2,740,594 sovereigns were struck at the Melbourne Mint in 1879.

1 in stock

Description

The 1879 Melbourne Sovereign depicts Benedetto Pistrucci’s famous portrayal of St George slaying the dragon can be seen on the reverse of the coin. A small ‘M’ just below the Queen’s portrait indicates the sovereign was produced in Melbourne, Australia.

Queen Victoria’s young head can be seen on the obverse of the coin.

The sovereign is made of 22 carat gold, and weighs 7.98 grams. It contains 0.2354 ounce of fine gold.

Only 2,740,594 sovereigns were struck at the Melbourne Mint in 1879 (Not including shield back mintage figures).

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Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837 on the death of her uncle, King William IV. She was crowned Queen in 1838, and reigned until her death in 1901. Gold Sovereigns were minted in all corners of the British Empire during her reign, including London, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. Each coin has it’s own history behind it, the gold used to make it, where it was struck, and how it came to be here today. A gold sovereign has a face value of £1, and is still a legal tender coin today (Although you wouldn’t want to spend it for a £1 anymore!). The 1879 Melbourne sovereign would be an ideal birthday present or special gift.

 

M J Hughes Coins are members of the British Numismatic Trade Association – www.bnta.net. We are coin dealers based in Alton, Hampshire (Where we have a shop location). We are always interested in purchasing any coins that you may have for sale, particularly Royal Mint issues and gold coins. We are happy to make no obligation offers, and purchase from a single coin to an entire gold coin collection. You would be more than welcome to visit our shop, or we are happy to travel to you. Please get in contact with us if you would like to discuss further.