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Branch Mints - Perth 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 Canada 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

The mintmarks are to be found on the ground above the centre of the date, at least for the Edward VII and George V sovereigns. 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 1922 Perth Mint sovereign, and a close-up of the date and mintmark.

Perth Mint, Australia
The Australian Mint at Perth only struck gold sovereigns for 33 years from 1899 and 1931.
Some of these are scarce, some rare.

Dates Produced
Perth Mint sovereigns were produced in the following years:-
DateMintage
1899690.992
19001,886,089
19012,889,333
19024,289,122
19034,674,783
19044,506,756
19054,876,193
19064,829,817
19074,972,289
19084,875,617
19094,524,241
19104,690,625
19114,373,165
19124,278,144
19134,635,287
19144,815,996
19154,373,596
19164,096,721
19174,110,286
19183,812,884
19192,995,216
19202,421,196
19212,314,360
19222,298,884
19232,124,154
19241,464,416
19251,837,901
19261,313,578
19271,383,544
19281,333,417
19291,607,625
19301,915,352
19311,173,568
Total105,694,846


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. The first year 1899 is often believed to be rare, but is quite easy to find in lower grades. In top grades it is more difficult.

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

The Perth Mint Today
The Perth Mint is still very active today, even though it stopped striking British sovereigns in 1931. In fact nowadays it is one of the world's most active mints in both bullion and collectors coin, producing gold, silver, and platinum coins for its native Australia, and other countries.
In 2005, it produced a 150th anniversary sovereign commemorating the first Australian sovereigns issued in 1855 by the Sydney Mint.
As major bullion dealers, we are UK Prime Distributors for Perth Mint bullion coins including gold nuggets, gold Chinese lunar calendar coins, silver kookaburras, silver Chinese lunar calendar coins, and silver koalas.

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Reverse of 1922 Perth Mint Sovereign
Reverse of 1922 Perth Mint Sovereign

Close-up Showing P Mintmark and Date

Close-up Showing P Mintmark and Date

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