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1856 Proof Half Sovereign reverse 1856 Proof Half Sovereign obverse

1856 Proof Half Sovereign

Mintage:2 Known 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


A more elusive pattern striking and somewhat more enigmatic with all known examples surfacing at mints outside of Australia. While it is almost certain the issue was struck at the Royal mint in London, its purpose is unknown considering the 1855 served as the representative piece for the design. In 2005 at Noble Numismatics offered an example, described as having surface marks, ex the Pretoria Mint collection, otherwise nearly FDC with an estimate of $160,000 though did not sell (Noble, J, 2005) .

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