Mar 262012
Part One

Completing a set of sovereigns from the Royal Mint Perth is one of the most popular objectives of Australian gold coins collectors.

The satisfaction of viewing a complete set of these coins in superior condition is all the greater when one considers the hardship the first Western Australian prospectors endured and the immense risks they took.

The Perth Mint made gold sovereigns for the British Empire using Western Australian gold between 1899 and 1931. In that time it produced 106 million sovereigns and 735,000 half sovereigns.

A complete set of Perth Mint sovereigns spans 32 years, four obverse types and 33 dates.

Given the relatively high and uniform level of gold produced in Western Australia, many Perth sovereigns are relatively easy to obtain, even in uncirculated quality.

It is precisely for this reason that collecting a complete set of Perth Mint sovereigns is popular, although the rarity of several dates ensures that it is no easy task!

To select one coin that is representative of the entire Perth Mint series, collectors can choose from two equally affordable options. The 1899 coin is an obvious choice, while the King George V Small Head portrait type from the final years of production is also appealing.

Andrew Crellin’s numismatic career began at The Perth Mint. Subsequently he spent over a decade in Sydney with two of Australia’s leading numismatic dealers. In that time he wrote two acclaimed books on Australian numismatics, appraised The Perth Mint’s archival collection and was nominated to the position of Secretary of the Australasian Numismatic Dealer’s Association. Back in Perth, his company Sterling and Currency specialises in Australian coins and banknotes, from the Holey Dollar of 1813 through to the modern coin sets.


  2 Responses to “Perth Mint Sovereigns: Hints for Collectors”

  1. G’day

    I believe that I have an 1899 British Empire Queen Victoria gold coin, but am finding it difficult to find a site which will give me exact details of the coin to see if what I think I have, I actually have!

    Can you assist?



    • Hi David

      Sounds exciting! Probably the best thing is to look for a dealer who is a member of the Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association (ANDA). We note that on this list on their website you will find Ye Old Coin Co of Adelaide. If you drop them an email with a picture of your coin they’ll be able to advise correctly.

      Best wishes

      Blog Team


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