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1856/5 Overdate Half Sovereign reverse 1856/5 Overdate Half Sovereign obverse

1856/5 Overdate Half Sovereign

Mintage:478,000
Figure shared with:
1856
1856 Alternate Reverse
Mint:Sydney Mint Monarch:Victoria Reverse Designer:L. C. Lyon Obverse Designer:James Lyon Size:19mm Weight:3.99g Edge:Reeded Composition:91.67% Gold
8.33% Silver

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The enigmatic 1856/5 overdate is one of the more difficult overdates of the Sydney mint series. The overdate isn't as clearly visible as other issues such as the 1861/0 overdate, features hints of the loop of the 5 on the lower-right hand corner of the 6 but otherwise is chiefly identified by the presence of a dot after the date, a variety otherwise unique to the 1855.

Dot after the date on an 1856/5 Overdate Half Sovereign Dot after the date on an 1856/5 Overdate Half Sovereign

Dot after the date on an 1855 Half Sovereign Dot after the date on an 1855 Half Sovereign

The dot is not as clear on the overdate as on the 1855 no doubt due to the additional re-working needed to change the date and may be worn away on lower grade examples making attribution difficult in such cases. It is also likely that given the amount of die re-working undertaken by the Sydney mint, that the dot has completely worn away on some later strikes. As the dot serves as the main diagnostic criteria, such examples should be viewed with caution.

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