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Pieces Souverain Or- Sydney

The Sydney Mint was the first franchise of the Royal Mint to open anywhere in the world. The discovery of gold in Australia made such a deal advantageous to both the owners and the Royal Mint, and would lead to other refineries opening up in Melbourne, Perth, and other countries across the British Empire such as it was then.

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Production of Gold Sovereigns at the Sydney refinery lasted from 1855 until 1926, though the other two refineries in Perth and Melbourne continued on until 1931. Like the other mints, the Sydney coins bore a mark above the year - in this case the letter S - to indicate origin.

Coins made in Sydney before 1887 featured local designs on the reverse of the coin, before reverting to Pistrucci's artwork of St George slaying the dragon.

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