2016 RAM $1 50th Australia's First Mints ‘S’ Counterstamp Uncirculated Coin


The Royal Australian Mint’s 2016 gallery press coin pays tribute to the sovereigns that were minted as a result of Australia’s gold rush. As our mobile press travels to Sydney, this coin has a special significance for the city, adorned with an ‘S’ counterstamp, and replicates the sovereigns that were struck at the Sydney Mint in those days long ago.

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.
The Adelaide Assay Office was established in 1852,
and in its short life produced gold ingots and
Australia’s first gold coin, the Adelaide Pound. Official
branches of the Royal Mint opened in Sydney (1855),
Melbourne (1872) and Perth (1899), producing
sovereigns and other pre-decimal coins.
The Royal Australian Mint opened in 1965, and
superseded other Australian mints to become the
sole producer of the country’s decimal coins. For
several years now, a highlight in visiting the Royal
Australian Mint has been the gallery press. Here
visitors can strike their own coin which celebrates
an event or tradition of national significance.

  • A celebration of Australian society’s growth from the 19th century gold rush
  • A special edition of the 2016 Royal Australian Mint gallery press coin, featuring an ‘S’ for Sydney counterstamp
  • The coin’s reverse emulates a Sydney Mint sovereign design
  • Only available from dealers and the Royal Australian Mint’s stand at the Sydney Royal Easter Show
  • Coin’s obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley
  • Australian legal tender
  • Any questions please do not hesitate to ask