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Branch Mints - Sydney Australia

Since 1871, British sovereigns were struck at branch mints, in addition to the Royal Mint in London.
The first branch mint to strike sovereigns was Sydney in Australia. It made good sense to produce British sovereigns close to the gold mining source areas, rather than ship the gold to London to be made into coin, then possibly ship it back again.
In 1872, the Melbourne mint followed.
The Perth, Australia mint started production of sovereigns in 1899, and the Ottawa mint in Australia started in 1908.
The Bombay mint in India struck sovereigns in just one year, 1918, and the Pretoria mint in South Africa started production in 1923.

Mintmarks
The mintmarks used by the various mints are as follows:-
MintMintmark
LondonNone
SydneyS
MelbourneM
PerthP
OttawaC
BombayI
PretoriaSA

Mintmarks
On shield sovereigns, the mintmarks are to be found on the reverse, in the space below the tie of the wreath.
On young head sovereigns with St. George and dragon reverse, the mintmarks are on the obverse, below the head.
On all other sovereigns, Victoria jubilee head, old head, Edward VII and George V, the mintmark can be found on the ground above the centre of the date. Many collectors find the mintmarks very difficult to find at their first attempt, but it really is quite easy once you know where to look. It helps of course to use a magnifying glass!
Our photographs show a 1924 Sydney Mint sovereign, and a close-up of the date and mintmark, and an 1885 shield, again with a close-up.

Sydney Mint, Australia
The Sydney Mint in Australia was the first of the branch mints to strike gold sovereigns, starting production in 1871, and continuing until 1926.
Many of these are scarce, some rare or extremely rare.

Dates Produced
Sydney Mint sovereigns were produced in the following years:-
DateMintage
Shield
18712,814,400*
18721,815,000*
18731,478,000*
18752,122,000*
18771,590,000*
18781,259,000*
18791,366,000*
18801,459,000*
18811,360,000*
18821,298,000*
18831,108,000*
18841,595,000*
18851,486,000*
18861,667,000*
18871,000,000*
Young Head St George
1871See Shields
1872See Shields
1873See Shields
18741,899,000
1875See Shields
18761,613,000
1877See Shields
1878See Shields
1879See Shields
1880See Shields
1881See Shields
1882See Shields
1883See Shields
1884See Shields
1885See Shields
1886See Shields
1887See Shields
Jubilee
18871,002,000
18882,187,000
18893,262,000
18902,808,000
18912,596,000
18923,837,000
18931,498,000
Old Head
18931,346,000
18943,067,000
18952,758,000
18962,544,000
18972,532,000
18982,548,000
18993,259,000
19003,586,000
19013,012,000
Edward VII
19022,813,000
19032,806,000
19042,986,000
19052,778,000
19062,792,000
19072,539,000
19082,017,000
19092,057,000
19102,135,000
George V
19112,519,000
19122,227,000
19132,249,000
19141,774,000
19151,346,000
19161,242,000
19171,666,000
19183,716,000
19191,835,000
1920360,000
1921839,000
1922578,000
1923416,000
1924394,000
19255,632,000
19261,031,050
Total116,704,050

Notes
* = Includes St. George Type


Rarity
The rarity of each date is not quite in proportion to the mintage figures. Many are thought to have been melted down, some dates being affected more than others.

For Sale
Rather than duplicate our listing of sovereigns for sale, we include the Canadian Mint sovereigns which we have for sale on their appropriate pages, being :-

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Reverse of 1924 Sydney Mint Sovereign
Reverse of 1924 Sydney Mint Sovereign

Close-up Showing Mintmark and Date

Close-up Showing Mintmark and Date

Reverse of 1885 Sydney Mint Shield Sovereign

Reverse of 1885 Sydney Mint Shield Sovereign

Close Up of Mintmark

Close Up of Mintmark

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