Throughout the 19th century, Australian currency was an assortment of foreign coins, promissory notes and rum trades. The gold rush of this era became a pivotal event for Australian society, assisting in the development of both a form of currency and a unique identity. Official branches of the Royal Mint opened in Sydney (1855), Melbourne (1872), and Perth (1899), producing sovereigns and other pre-decimal coins. This is a celebration of Australian society’s growth from the 19th Century gold rush. For this special year, the set includes and ‘S’,’M’ and ‘P’ privy mark, denoting the locations of the first mints. The ‘C’ mintmark completes the collection. Coin’s obverses feature the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.
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