The Perth Mint started accepting orders for the 2014 Australian Sovereign Gold Proof Coin, representing a customized version of the original Sydney Mint Sovereign. This represents the sixth annual release since the Perth Mint resumed production of coins bearing the sovereign title.
Following the discovery of gold in the colony of New South Wales, the Sydney branch of the Royal Mint would be opened on May 14, 1855. The first Type I sovereign featuring a unique colonial design was produced on June 23, 1855 beginning an unbroken 76 year history of gold sovereign production in Australia. More than 400 million coins were created in Sydney and the branch mints later opened in Melbourne and Perth. During this period, the Perth Mint alone produced more than 106 million of the coins.
After a 78 year hiatus, production of coins bearing the sovereign title was resumed at the Perth Mint in 2009, with proof quality coins struck for collectors in limited mintages.
The reverse design of the 2014 Australian Sovereign portrays St. Edwards crown and a laurel wreath with inscriptions “Perth Mint”, “Australia”, and “Sovereign”. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the “2014” date and monetary denomination.
Each coin is struck in 91.67% gold with a weight of 7.9881 grams and diameter of 22.60 mm. The net gold content for each coin is 0.2354 troy ounces. There is a limited mintage of 1,500 pieces.
Coins are housed in a prestigious wooden presentation case with an illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. For additional information or to place an order, please visit the Perth Mint product page.