A treasured artefact from Australia’s golden history, it gives us great pleasure to be in a position to present the 1868 Sydney Mint Sovereign – discovered as part of the Blue Mountains Sovereign Hoard!
An extensive holding of Aussie gold, thought to have been stashed away in the 1880s and held by the same family for generations, the Blue Mountains Sovereign Hoard included more than 100 coins – including a number of 1868 Sydney Mint Sovereigns. Struck nearly 150 years ago at Australia’s first official mint, this date is very scarce, irrespective of the quality. Apart from the number of coins simply lost since issued, and those that have fallen victim to the melting pot, the 22-carat gold 1868 Sydney Mint Sovereign is tough-to-find for one other reason.
Although originally deemed official legal tender in New South Wales only, Sydney Mint Sovereigns were quickly accepted in other colonies and, indeed, overseas. As a consequence, British authorities declared the Sydney Mint Sovereign legal tender in Britain in 1866, which effectively transformed the coin from colonial circulating currency to international commodity. With a huge amount of coins shipped to Britain from 1866 on, this change in policy contributed substantially to the scarcity of all later dates of Australia’s first sovereign series – including the 1868 Sydney Mint Sovereign.
Surprisingly affordable, each 1868 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 housed within a plush timber case with a Certificate of Authenticity