2009 Gold Proof Australian Sovereign from Perth
Perth Mint on Friday launched the 2009 Perth
Mint Gold Proof Sovereign, a modern Australian
version of a world famous coin. Struck in
22-carat gold and in proof quality for
collectors, the newly introduced coin is to be
issued annually with an extremely limited
worldwide mintage of just 2,500.
The sovereign was a crucial component to the
British commerce and banking system and has a
history dating back to the 15th century. The
Perth Mint was a part of that history, producing
more than 100 million of the coins during the
reigns of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and
King George V.
The reverse or tails side of the gold coin
features the Australian Commonwealth Coat of
Arms and the inscriptions "AUSTRALIA",
"SOVEREIGN" and "P" for the Perth Mint mintmark.
As described by the Mint.
"The Coat of Arms consists of the badges of the
six States of the Commonwealth on a shield
enclosed by an ermine border signifying
Australian Federation in 1901. A seven-pointed
Star, appears above the shield, which is
supported by a kangaroo and an emu. The Coat of
Arms appears on a background of golden wattle,
Australiaís national floral emblem, and a scroll
with the word AUSTRALIA."
The obverse or heads side of the coin has the
Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II, the inscriptions "2009", "25
DOLLARS", and "ELIZABETH II".
Coin specification, price and order details
The proof sovereign contains 0.2352 troy ounces
of gold with a purity of .9167 (22-carat),
weighs 7.9881 grams, has a diameter of 22.60
millimeters and a thickness of 1.75 millimeters.
The current price of the coin is $590 AUS (~$461
US), although it may change based on the
prevailing spot price of gold.
Orders may be placed online through the Perth
About the Perth Mint
The Perth Mint, wholly-owned by the State
Government of Western Australia, is the official
issuer of the Australian Federal Governmentís
Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program. The Mint
opened in 1899 in response to the discovery of
rich gold deposits in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.
It was Australiaís third branch of Britainís
Royal Mint - the others being the Sydney Mint
and the Melbourne Mint (both closed).
The Perth Mint remained under Britainís
jurisdiction until 1 July 1970, when ownership
transferred to the State Government of Western
In 2003, The Perth Mint officially opened an
8,400 square metre state-of-the-art
manufacturing facility next door to its original
limestone building. Dominating the Mintís
heritage precinct, these two important buildings
are powerful symbols of more than 100 years of
minting excellence in Western Australia.