1852 Adelaide Assay Office Gold Electrotype nEF
The Adelaide Assay Office was established in 1852 to convert miners gold into a form of currency. Gold ingots and coins were struck as an emergency issue which was not given Royal assent by the motherland. During the 1880's uniface electrotypes (an accurate duplicate of a genuine example) of the ingots show multiple stampings a circular stamp recording the weight carat assay mark and in addition "Sawtell" punched into the top left corner.
Edwin Sawtell was a chronometer and nautical instrument maker and had several business' in Adelaide from 1853-1889.
SIMILAR PIECES RESIDE IN THE MUSEUM OF VICTORIA (REG NO. NU28494) AND THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT COLLECTIONS
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