Mintage:4 knownMint:LondonMonarch:VictoriaReverse Designer:L. C. WyonObverse Designer:James WyonSize:19mmWeight:3.99gEdge:ReededComposition:91.67% Gold 8.33% Silver
Known by just four pairs with only one in private hands and the first coin to bear the name AUSTRALIA, the 1853
Half Sovereign is arguably the most important piece of Australian numismatics. The
reverse design features the Sydney mint design with the legend SYDNEY MINT HALF SOVEREIGN surrounding an oak wreath
with a crown above AUSTRALIA in the middle and a ribbon below. The obverse
features the Leonard Wyon portrait of Queen Victoria which would be used until 1856.
Although due to the extreme rarity of the piece sales are limited, the piece did sell in 2009 through the Quartermaster
collection for above $1.1 million
(Crellin, A, 2015)
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