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Discovered as part of the Swiss Bank Sovereign Hoard, we are delighted to present the 1868 Sydney Mint Sovereign.

The penultimate date of the 1855-70 Sydney Mint Sovereign Series, with no coins struck in 1869, the 1868 issue is typical of all Sydney Mint Sovereigns – low-mintage, and very scarce today. This scarcity is largely due to the number lost to the melting pot in the 149 years since struck at Australia’s first official mint, and the number shipped overseas.

Offered in Fine to Very Fine, the 1868 Sydney Mint Sovereign from the Swiss Bank Sovereign Hoard represents outstanding value at just $845.

Australian Gold - found in Switzerland!

A Swiss bank may seem an unlikely venue at which to discover a large number of 19th century Australian gold coins, but this is to underestimate the importance, beauty and truly global nature of the sovereign - the world's most famous gold coin.

Struck from 1855 to 1870 as a direct result of the Australian Gold Rush, the Sydney Mint Sovereign was originally deemed official legal tender in New South Wales only. Notwithstanding this, Sydney Mint Sovereigns were quickly accepted in other Australian colonies and, indeed, accepted as far afield as India, Hong Kong and Newfoundland!

As a consequence, British authorities were forced to declare the Sydney Mint Sovereign legal tender across the British Empire in 1866, which effectively transformed the coin from circulating colonial currency to international commodity. With sovereigns traded extensively across the globe (to satisfy international debt after WWI, for example) it is actually not that surprising that large hoard finds occur in seemingly unlikely places – such as a bank vault in Switzerland.

As a result of this remarkable hoard, Macquarie Mint is able to give you the chance to own one of Australia’s most important coins – a genuine artefact of the Gold Rush that gripped the colonies in the 1850s, and triggered the march to Federation in 1901.



 

Specifications :

• A genuine relic of Australian Gold Rush History

• The penultimate date in the 1855-70 Sydney Mint Sovereign Series

• Available in Fine to Very Fine – surprisingly affordable!

• Housed in a black timber case with a Certificate of Authenticity

Discovered as part of the Swiss Bank Sovereign Hoard, we are delighted to present the 1868 Sydney Mint Sovereign.

The penultimate date of the 1855-70 Sydney Mint Sovereign Series, with no coins struck in 1869, the 1868 issue is typical of all Sydney Mint Sovereigns – low-mintage, and very scarce today. This scarcity is largely due to the number lost to the melting pot in the 149 years since struck at Australia’s first official mint, and the number shipped overseas.

Offered in Fine to Very Fine, the 1868 Sydney Mint Sovereign from the Swiss Bank Sovereign Hoard represents outstanding value at just $845.

Australian Gold - found in Switzerland!

A Swiss bank may seem an unlikely venue at which to discover a large number of 19th century Australian gold coins, but this is to underestimate the importance, beauty and truly global nature of the sovereign - the world's most famous gold coin.

Struck from 1855 to 1870 as a direct result of the Australian Gold Rush, the Sydney Mint Sovereign was originally deemed official legal tender in New South Wales only. Notwithstanding this, Sydney Mint Sovereigns were quickly accepted in other Australian colonies and, indeed, accepted as far afield as India, Hong Kong and Newfoundland!

As a consequence, British authorities were forced to declare the Sydney Mint Sovereign legal tender across the British Empire in 1866, which effectively transformed the coin from circulating colonial currency to international commodity. With sovereigns traded extensively across the globe (to satisfy international debt after WWI, for example) it is actually not that surprising that large hoard finds occur in seemingly unlikely places – such as a bank vault in Switzerland.

As a result of this remarkable hoard, Macquarie Mint is able to give you the chance to own one of Australia’s most important coins – a genuine artefact of the Gold Rush that gripped the colonies in the 1850s, and triggered the march to Federation in 1901.
Product ID: 12508
$ 845