A fantastic opportunity for you to secure a genuine artefact from Australia’s golden history, we are delighted to be able to offer the 1866 Sydney Mint Sovereign – discovered as part of the Blue Mountains Sovereign Hoard!
A large cache of gold, believed to have been set aside during the 1880s and held within the same family for generations, the Blue Mountains Sovereign Hoard comprised more than 100 coins – including quite a few 1866 Sydney Mint Sovereigns. Although the 1866 has the highest mintage of any Type II Sydney Mint Sovereign, this date is still very scarce, regardless of the grade. Apart from the number of coins simply lost in the 149 years since struck, and the number dispatched to the melting pot for the intrinsic value, the 22-carat gold 1866 Sydney Mint Sovereign is tough-to-find for one other specific reason.
Although originally declared official legal tender in New South Wales only, Sydney Mint Sovereigns soon circulated in other colonies and, indeed, overseas. As a result, British authorities declared the Sydney Mint Sovereign legal tender in Britain in 1866. Transformed from Australian circulating currency to international commodity, with a huge amount of coins shipped to Britain, this change in policy contributed substantially to the scarcity of all later Sydney Mint Sovereign dates – including the 1866.
Surprisingly affordable, each 1866 Sydney Mint Sovereign from the Blue Mountains Sovereign Hoard is in Fine to Very Fine condition.
A standard of presentation befitting the importance and prestige of this key coin, each gold sovereign is set within a plush timber case with a Certificate of Authenticity