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1893 Melbourne Gold Sovereign

22 Carat Gold

When Queen Victoria died of old age in 1901, an entire era died with her. During the sixty-four years of her reign, the social, cultural and economic landscape of the Australian colonies had transformed entirely , and our nation quite literally came of age just prior to Victoria’s death in 1901. Many of the factors that influenced our national economy had a concordant influence on the amount of sovereigns produced between 1871 and 1901.

1893M Melbourne Mint Gold Sovereign Reverse

1893M Melbourne Mint Gold Sovereign Obverse

Crafted by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, the portrait showed a Queen scowling with disapproval. Perhaps she was just concentrating as she appeared to be balancing the crown on her head.
This portrait drew much criticism, and only used the St George reverse, which incidentally , had a ribbon introduced to St Georges head. The Jubilee issue lasted until continued until 1893, when the encroachment of time again made it necessary to alter the portrait of the aging Queen.



Composition: 91.67% Gold
8.33% Copper
Gold Content: 0.2354 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 7.9881 grams
Size: 21.5 mm
Reverse: Benedetto Pistrucci
Obverse: Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm
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Daniel Fearon & Brian Reeds
Hilden Publications
17 Windmill Drive
Croxley Green, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

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Golden Jubilee Edition

Michael A Marsh
25A St Neots Rd
Cambrigeshire CB3 7QH
United Kingdom