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The last date of Australia's first sovereign series, struck at the nation's first official mint, we are delighted to present the 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign from the Swiss Bank Sovereign Hoard!

Bearing the distinctive 'wreath' design, with 'SYDNEY MINT', 'AUSTRALIA' and 'ONE SOVEREIGN' proudly emblazoned upon the reverse, the 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign is highly sought after by collectors. A must-have due to its 'last issue' status, this key date is also notable as the 4th lowest mintage issue of the 1857-70 Sydney Mint Sovereign Type II Series, with a mere 1.2m coins struck.

The 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign is also important to lovers of Australian history. With the Sydney Mint created in direct response to the discovery of gold in the 1850s, the 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign is physical evidence of Australia's golden heritage. Quite literally, this coin is Gold Rush history you can hold in your hands.

An irresistible opportunity, arising from this miracle find in a bank vault in Switzerland, we have the final issue 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign in Very Fine condition. As with each coin from the Swiss Bank Hoard, each 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign is housed in a black timber case with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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 :

• The last date of Australia's first sovereign series!

• The 4th lowest mintage issue of the 1857-70 Sydney Mint Sovereign Type II Series - a mere 1.2 m coins struck!

• Now available in Very Fine condition!

• Housed in a black timber case

• Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

 

The last date of Australia's first sovereign series, struck at the nation's first official mint, we are delighted to present the 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign from the Swiss Bank Sovereign Hoard!

Bearing the distinctive 'wreath' design, with 'SYDNEY MINT', 'AUSTRALIA' and 'ONE SOVEREIGN' proudly emblazoned upon the reverse, the 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign is highly sought after by collectors. A must-have due to its 'last issue' status, this key date is also notable as the 4th lowest mintage issue of the 1857-70 Sydney Mint Sovereign Type II Series, with a mere 1.2m coins struck.

The 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign is also important to lovers of Australian history. With the Sydney Mint created in direct response to the discovery of gold in the 1850s, the 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign is physical evidence of Australia's golden heritage. Quite literally, this coin is Gold Rush history you can hold in your hands.

An irresistible opportunity, arising from this miracle find in a bank vault in Switzerland, we have the final issue 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign in Very Fine condition. As with each coin from the Swiss Bank Hoard, each 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign is housed in a black timber case with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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: AS023
$ 895