Australia’s gold rush of the 1850s unearthed vast quantities of precious metal.
To turn this enormous wealth into coinage, the first overseas branch of Britain’s Royal Mint was opened in Sydney, capital of New South Wales, in 1855. Enjoying a privilege historically reserved for the mother mint in London, it was empowered to turn gold into official coins called sovereigns.
The Perth Mint’s Australia Sovereign Gold Proof High Relief Piedfort Coin pays tribute to Wyon’s historic reverse design. With the name of the mint suitable amended, this modern issue also includes the small ‘70’ numeric privy mark and platinum plated St Edward’s Crown denoting that 2022 is the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.
The coin has been struck with an extra-deep blank to showcase its superbly detailed design in high relief. Additionally, with its extra-thick planchet, this coin is reminiscent of traditional ‘piedforts’ (pronounced pee-ay-fore), which take their name from the French words for ‘heavy weight’.
The coin is housed in a prestigious wooden presentation case within a superbly illustrated shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
|Mint||The Perth Mint|
|Country Of Issue||Australia|
|Purity (%)||91.70 (22-carat)|