1866 Sydney Mint Type II Sovereign VF
A fantastic opportunity, we have the 1866 Sydney Mint Sovereign from the Swiss Bank Sovereign Hoard in better-than-usually-seen quality! A genuine artefact from Australia's golden history, the 1866 Sydney Mint Sovereign is scarce across all grades - and very tough-to-find in the lovely Very Fine condition seen here. Despite the tantalising fusion of quality, scarcity and 'hoard provenance', this important Australian Gold Rush coin is surprisingly affordable.
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.