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Axis of a 1878 sovereign


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Hi folks, I'd be grateful if anyone could help me on a coin-related matter.

 

I've just received a sovereign from a reputable bullion dealer. It's dated 1878 and has a Melbourne mint mark. The axis puzzles me because it's not like any other sovereign or half-sovereign I've seen - when the obverse is upright the reverse is upside down.

 

Is this correct for this coin or is it a fake? Or is it a very rare and valuable minting error?!

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An 1878 Melbourne Sovereign of Victoria has opposing die axes and so yours is, unfortunately, like every other. They are nice coins though! :ninja:

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