Commonwealth sovereigns: a brief summary

Colonial mints of the 19th centuryOne of history’s greatest gold rushes began in Bathurst, New South Wales, in 1851, soon followed by larger finds in Ballarat and Bendigo in the new colony of Victoria. Hundreds of thousands of prospectors from across Australia and around the world flocked to the goldfields to seek their fortunes, resulting in large amounts of unrefined gold entering circulation. In response to the growing threat to the Australian colonies’ official currency, the New South Wales government sought…

Colonial mints of the 19th centuryOne of history’s greatest gold rushes began in Bathurst, New South Wales, in 1851, soon followed by larger finds in Ballarat and Bendigo in the new colony of Victoria. Hundreds of thousands of prospectors from across Australia and around the world flocked to the goldfields to seek their fortunes, resulting in large amounts of unrefined gold entering circulation. In response to the growing threat to the Australian colonies’ official currency, the New South Wales government sought…

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