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Australian Gold Sovereigns

The Gold Sovereign occupies a unique and esteemed position in the history of numismatics in Australia. Although its origins trace back to the United Kingdom, this coin was also produced in Australia during the 19th and early 20th centuries, carrying substantial historical and cultural significance.

The Australian Gold Rush:

The revelation of gold in Australia during the mid-1800s, particularly in regions like Victoria and New South Wales, ignited a gold rush that attracted prospectors from around the globe. In response to the burgeoning gold trade, the British government authorized the establishment of branches of the Royal Mint in Australia. These branches, located in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, commenced the minting of sovereigns and half-sovereigns.

Australian Sovereigns:

Australian sovereigns were akin to their British counterparts in terms of design and gold content. They featured the portrait of the reigning British monarch on the obverse and the classic St. George and the Dragon motif on the reverse. Nevertheless, Australian sovereigns frequently bore mint marks indicating their origin, such as "M" for Melbourne, "S" for Sydney, and "P" for Perth, distinguishing them and making them collectable.

Legacy and Collectability:

Australian sovereigns are highly coveted by both collectors and investors. They represent a tangible connection to Australia's vibrant gold rush history and its affiliation with the British Empire. The fact that these coins were minted in Australia during a period of profound economic change enhances their historical value.

Throughout the years, different Australian mints have produced commemorative variants of the gold sovereign to commemorate important events, anniversaries, and royal celebrations. These special editions possess a unique allure for collectors and enthusiasts.

Today, Australian sovereigns continue to be esteemed for their gold content, historical importance, and aesthetic appeal. Whether as a historical artefact or an investment in a precious metal, the Australian Gold Sovereign remains a symbol of Australia's golden legacy and its enduring connection to the global coinage tradition.

Reigning Monarch Dates for Half Sovereign

1853 - 1856Queen Victoria Type 1 | Sydney Mint Reverse
1857 - 1866Queen Victoria Type 2 | Sydney Mint Reverse
1871 - 1887Queen Victoria Young Head | Shield Reverse
1887 - 1893Queen Victoria Jubilee | Shield Reverse
1893 - 1901Queen Victoria Veiled Head | St George Reverse
1902 - 1910King Edward VII | St George Reverse
1911 - 1918King George V | St George Reverse
Half Sovereign

Reigning Monarch Dates for Sovereign

1853 - 1856Queen Victoria Type 1 | Sydney Mint Reverse
1857 - 1870Queen Victoria Type 2 | Sydney Mint Reverse
1871 - 1887Queen Victoria Young Head | Shield Reverse
1871 - 1887Queen Victoria Young Head | St George Reverse
1887 - 1893Queen Victoria Jubilee | St George Reverse
1893 - 1901Queen Victoria Veiled Head | St George Reverse
1902 - 1910King Edward VII | St George Reverse
1911 - 1928King George V | St George Reverse
1929 - 1931King George V Small Head | St George Reverse
Sovereign

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Royal Australian Mint – New Releases

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Thursday 23rd November, 2023

2023 50c Fine Silver Proof Coin – Elizabeth Regina – HM Queen Elizabeth II Commemoration

RRP $135.00

2023 50c Uncirculated Coin – HM Queen Elizabeth II Commemoration

RRP $15.00

2023 $5 1/2g Gold Frosted Uncirculated Coin – Mini Money Emu

RRP $100.00

Thursday 5th October, 2023

2023 $100 1 oz ‘C’ Mintmark Gold Proof Coin – Kangaroo Series 30th Anniversary

RRP $3,750.00

2023 50c Silver Antique Coin - 50th Anniversary of AC/DC

RRP $100.00

2023 50c Coloured Uncirculated Coin - 50th Anniversary of AC/DC

RRP $15.00

2023 $25 Gold Proof Four-Coin Set - 170th Anniversary of the Port Phillip Patterns

RRP $3,950.00

Thursday 28th September, 2023

2023 50c Coloured Uncirculated Coin - 60th Anniversary of the Bathurst 1000

RRP $15.00

Thursday 7th September, 2023

2023 50c Coloured Uncirculated Coin – Christmas Decoration – Festive Floral

RRP $12.50

2023 $5 Coloured Frosted Uncirculated Coin - Australian World Heritage Properties

RRP $30.00

2023 Six-Coin Fine Silver Proof Year Set

RRP $375.00

2023 Six-Coin Gold Proof Year Set

RRP $14,500.00

Friday 18th August, 2023

2023 20c Coloured Uncirculated Book Week coin - 35th Anniversary of Edward the Emu – CARD

RRP $15.00

2023 20c Coloured Uncirculated Book Week coin - 35th Anniversary of Edward the Emu  - SPECIAL EDITION BOOK

RRP $50.00

2023 20c Gold-Plated Coloured Uncirculated Book Week Coin - 35th Anniversary of Edward the Emu – DELUXE EDITION

RRP $85.00


Thursday 3rd August, 2023

2023 50c Uncirculated Coin - 50th Anniversary of the Sydney Opera House Coin-in-Card

RRP $12.50

2023 50c Selectively Gold-Plated Silver Proof Coin - 50th Anniversary of the Sydney Opera House

RRP $110.00

2023 $100 1 oz Gold Proof Domed Coin – 50th Anniversary of the Sydney Opera House

RRP $3,700.00

2023 $5 Silver Coloured Proof Domed Coin – Beauty, Rich & Rare – Twelve Apostles

RRP $140.00

2023 $100 Gold Coloured Proof Domed Coin – Beauty, Rich & Rare – The Twelve Apostles

RRP $3,750.00


Thursday 29th June, 2023

2023 $1 Coloured Uncirculated Coin - FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

RRP $15.00

2023 $1 ½ oz Fine Silver Proof Coin - FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

RRP $80.00

2023 $5 ½ g Gold Frosted Uncirculated Coin - FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

RRP $100.00 

2023 $1 ‘C’ Mintmark 1oz Fine Silver Frosted UNC Coin - Kangaroo Series 30th Anniversary – Mob of Thirty

RRP $70.00

2023 $1 'C’ Mintmark 1oz Fine Silver Proof Coin - Kangaroo Series 30th Anniversary – Mob of Thirty

RRP $110.00

2023 $10 ‘C’ Mintmark 1/10oz Gold Proof Coin - Kangaroo Series 30th Anniversary – Mob of Thirty

RRP $395.00


Thursday 1st June, 2023

June releases have been delayed for a June/July release.


Thursday 4th May, 2023

2023 $5 1oz Coloured Silver Proof Coin – Australian Antarctic Territory – Emperor Penguin

RRP: $140.00

2023 50c Coloured Uncirculated Coin - Australian Antarctic Territory – Emperor Penguin

RRP: $15.00

2023 50c Coloured Uncirculated Coin - Australian Antarctic Territory – Whale

RRP: $15.00


Thursday 6th April, 2023

11174 - 2023 $2 ‘C’ Mintmark Coloured Uncirculated Coin – 50th Anniversary of the End of Australia’s Involvement in the Vietnam War

RRP: $15.00

11175 - 2023 $2 ‘C’ Mintmark Coloured Fine Silver Proof Coin – 50th Anniversary of the End of Australia’s Involvement in the Vietnam War

RRP: $80.00

** Please note that previously line listed 'Sydney Opera House' products have been rescheduled to a later date which is yet to be confirmed.


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Decimal Paper Banknotes – First & Last Prefixes

An easy and comprehensive chart to finding the first and last prefixes in your banknote collection.

Further information about serial numbers can be found at Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).

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Year$1$2$5$10$20$50$100
1966AAA - AGE
ZAA - ZAF (*)
FAA - FKD
ZFA - ZFH (*)
SAA - SDR
ZSA - ZSD (*)
XAA - XBP
1967FKD - FPS
ZFH - ZFK (*)
NAA - NCS
ZNA - ZNC (*)
SDR - SFR
ZSD - ZSE (*)
XBQ - XBS
1968AGE - AHY
ZAF - ZAH (*)
FPT - GRF
ZFK - ZFS (*)
SFR - STG
ZSF - ZSJ (*)
XBS - XEU
ZXA (*)
1969AHY - BBE
ZAH - ZAQ (*)
NCS - NGS
ZNC - ZND (*)
1970
1971
1972BBF - BLGGRG - HBQNGT - NKGSTH - TBBXEV - XGY
1973YAA - YAU
1974BLG - BYBHBQ - HLPNKG - NQTTBC - TELXGY - XLH
1975YAV - YBX (centre)
YAV - YCZ (side)
1976BYC-CKE (centre)
CGB - CPJ (side)
HLQ - HQV (gothic centre)
HPU - HUC
(ocrb centre)
HRZ - JEY
(ocrb side)
NQU - NVC (gothic centre)
NSZ - NVC
(gothic side)
NVD - NYG
(ocrb side)
TEN - TJV (centre)
THU - TPC (side)
XLJ - XSU (centre)
XQR - XUZ (side)
1977CPK - DGH
1978
1979JDX - KAJNXF - PDTTPD - TTL (gothic)
TTN - TXT (ocrb)
XVA - VDQ (gothic)
VDR - VGX (ocrb)
YDA - YHH
1980
1981
1982DGJ - DPS
1983JZH - KRPPDU - PLGTXU - UCCVFV - VQKYHJ - YNS
1984ZAA - ZCD
1985KRQ - LQGPKF - QFA (ocrb)
PXB - QBJ (gothic)
UCD - MACVQL - EYD (ocrb)
EJY - ENB (gothic)
YNT - YXH (gothic)
YUE - YXH (ocrb)
ZBC - ZFU
1986
1987
1988
1989UYH - MHJEVJ - EYDYXJ - YYU
1990QDF - QJREYE - RKBYYV - WDDZEJ - ZJS
1991QGX - QPGMFQ - MRR
(with plate letter)
MNB - MRR
AAA (issued NPA)
RZV - ABQ
WBT - WGB
(with plate letter)
WER - WQH
1992ZHG - ZLD
1993AAA (issued NPA)
RZV - ADK
WNY - FAB
First & Last Prefixes for Decimal Paper Banknotes

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The Perth Mint – New Releases

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November, 2023

2024 Year of the Dragon Gold Proof Coins - AUSTRALIAN LUNAR SERIES III

2024 Year of the Dragon Silver Proof Coins - AUSTRALIAN LUNAR SERIES III

Tuesday 3rd October, 2023

2023 1oz Silver Antiqued Coloured Coin - James Bond Casino Royal

RRP $149.00

2023 1oz Silver Coin in Card - James Bond Casino Royal

RRP: $89.00

2023 2oz Silver Proof Reverse Gilded Coin - Australian Kangaroo

RRP $249.00

Tuesday 5th September, 2023

23M29BAA - Honey Ryder 2023 1oz Silver Minted Mini Coin

RRP $149.00

23M53AAA - Diwali 1oz Silver Gilded Medallion

RRP $115.00

23327KAAA - Australian Koala 2023 5oz Silver Proof High Relief Gilded Coin

RRP $645.00

Tuesday 1st August, 2023

23P74AAA - Koi Fish 2023 2 Kilo Silver Antiqued High Relief Coin

RRP $4,695.00

23324DAAA - Australian Kangaroo 2023 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coloured Coin

RRP $125.00

23R79AAA - Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2023 2oz Silver Proof High Relief Gilded Coin

RRP $249.00

23317DAAA - Australian Koala 2023 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin

RRP $4,400.00


Tuesday 4th July, 2023

23322CCAA -Australian Kookaburra 2023 2oz Silver Proof High Relief Gilded

RRP: $249.00

23N02AAA - Kangaroo Yongka 2023 2oz Silver Antiqued Coloured Coin

RRP: $249.00

23Q50AAA - James Bond Live and Let Die 2023 1oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin

RRP: $149.00

23N16AAA - Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 2023 50z Silver Proof High Relief Gilded Coin

RRP: $645.00


Tuesday 13th June, 2023

23Q63AAA - Australian Quokka 2023 1oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin

RRP: $125.00

23322KAAA - Australian Kookaburra 2023 5oz Silver Incused Coin

RRP: $595.00

23P67AAA - Australian Emu 2023 1oz Silver Coloured Coin

RRP: $95.00


Tuesday 16th May, 2023

23P39AAA - The Phantom 2023 2oz Silver Antiqued Coloured Coin

RRP: $259

23Q60AAA - Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 2023 10oz Silver Incused Coin

RRP: $999.00

23M29AAA - James Bond 2023 1oz Silver Minted Mini Coin

RRP: $149

23Q51AAA - James Bond Legacy Series 3rd Issue 2023 1oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin

RRP: $139.00


Tuesday 4th April, 2023

23O82AAA - Ningaloo Eclipse 2023 2oz Silver Antiqued Coloured Coin

RRP: $249.00


Disclaimer

This document is provided as an informational guide to the upcoming releases of The Perth Mint. It does not reflect the availability of the products from Tasmanian Numismatics nor does it present an opportunity to pre-order. Tasmanian Numismatics may or may not be allocated any or all of the above listed new release items.

Despite the Author’s (Tasmanian Numismatics) best efforts to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within, the Author disclaims all liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of the information, including any loss of money. The Author advises users to use caution and good judgement when utilising the material. If you should come across some information you feel should be corrected, please contact us, we’d love to have a chat about it.