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1861/60 Overdate Half Sovereign

? The 1861/0 is the best known overdate in the series and the only Sydney mint overdate identified at the Reserve Bank of Australia sale with four of this type sold being through the sale and about a dozen others have appeared on the market. Ironically, the more common overdates sell for a greater premium than the scarcer types - this is due to the awareness that the frequency of appearances supply. The 1861/0 overdate The overdate is ...

1927-P Full Sovereign

? The George V sovereign series was struck from 1911 to 1931 with the design changing from 1928 to 1929 with the two types being known as the Large Head and Small Head design respectively. Large Head Design Small Head Design The issue was struck in Australia at the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth mints up to 1926 and only the Melbourne and Perth mints thereafter. The mint of manufacture can be determined by the letter S, M or P on the exergue ...

1988 Proof Two Cent

? The Type II two cent was issued from 1985 up until the end of the two cent series in 1991. It featured the new Raphael Maklouf portrait of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, with Stuart Devlin's iconic frilled neck lizard design on the reverse. Devlin's initials can be found underneath the body of the lizard . The series was struck exclusively at the Royal Australian mint in a bronze alloy except in 1991 where an additional silver proof was issued as part of the ...

1900-S Half Sovereign

? In 1872, the newly established Melbourne Mint joined the Sydney Mint in striking full and half sovereigns, but it was not until 1899 that the Perth branch of the Royal Mint was opened to accommodate for gold deposits found in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie just as the Melbourne Mint had been established to accommodate Victoria's ample gold resources. The Perth Mint had a strong advocate in Sir John Forrest, the first Premier of Western Australia . The Perth Mint ...

1880-M Full Sovereign

? The Type II Shield sovereign features the Imperial shield design on the reverse paired with William Wyon's portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse. It differs from the Type I Shield sovereign by the designer's initials, WW appearing raised within the truncation beneath the bust. It differs from the Type III Shield sovereign by having a larger bust. A key identification point is illustrated below. The mint of this issue can be identified by a mintmark beneath the shield ...

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22-Feb-2020

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1942 and 1943 Bombay Mint Copper

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Collecting Old Australian Coins

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The case for certified coins

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Valuing Old Coins

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The Silver of Edward VII

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Sydney Mint Half Sovereigns

Walter Eigner The discovery of gold in the colony New South Wales in 1851 prompted a surge of immigration among prospectors seeking wealth in the new colony. This lead to the production of half sovereigns in Sydney as of 1855. Only 3.3 million half sovereigns were produced from 1855 to 1869 resulting in individual years being very scarce and valuable. To add to this, the high bullion content of Sydney mint half sovereigns, which were alloyed with silver, compared with their British counterparts, which were alloyed with copper...
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