The sovereign is one of the most famous gold coins ever made. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Australian mints in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth contributed to its success in no small measure by producing large quantities from locally mined gold.
In 2009, after a 78-year hiatus, The Perth Mint resumed regular production of gold coins bearing the prestigious sovereign title.
Customising the original Sydney Mint Sovereign to read ‘Perth Mint’, this year’s coin represents a modern adaptation of this important part of Australia’s numismatic history.
Proof Quality 91.67% Pure Gold
Made with meticulous attention to detail, the 2013 Australian Sovereign is struck from traditional 91.67% pure gold (22-carat) in supreme proof quality.
New 2013 Reverse Design
The coin’s reverse portrays St Edward’s crown, a laurel wreath and the word AUSTRALIA – each historic element of Leonard Charles Wyon’s original Type I reverse. The modern tribute also includes the inscription PERTH MINT, SOVEREIGN and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as Australian legal tender, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.
Beautiful Packaging and Numbered Certificate
The coin is housed in a traditional wooden presentation case and superbly illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Extremely Limited Mintage
No more than 1,750 of these Australian Sovereign 2013 Gold Proof Coins will be released by The Perth Mint.