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1855 Proof Half Sovereign reverse 1855 Proof Half Sovereign obverse

1855 Proof Half Sovereign

Mintage:3 Known Mint:London Monarch:Victoria Reverse Designer:L. C. Lyon Obverse Designer:L. C. Lyon Size:19mm Weight:3.99g Edge:Reeded Composition:91.67% Gold
8.33% Silver


Sales History


The 1855 proof half sovereign is one of the key rarities of the series with just 3 examples known, one of which is beyond reach in the British Museum. This example was re-designated as a proof strike as a business strike surfaced in 1979 with a subsequent example surfacing since then and another being identified in the Museum of Victoria. It is likely however that the issue was originally intended to be a pattern striking but the die was later used to strike business strikes. It was struck to proof quality with a deep cameo finish. One example sold as part of the Quartermaster sale in 2009 (Monetarium, 2009) .

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