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1853  Half Sovereign reverse 1853  Half Sovereign obverse

1853 Half Sovereign

Mintage:4 known Mint:London Monarch:Victoria Reverse Designer:L. C. Wyon Obverse Designer:James Wyon Size:19mm Weight:3.99g Edge:Reeded Composition:91.67% Gold
8.33% Silver


Sales History


Known by just four pairs with only one in private hands and the first coin to bear the name AUSTRALIA, the 1853 pattern 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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