Mintage:537,000 Figure shared with: 1857/5 Overdate 1855 Mint:Sydney MintMonarch:VictoriaReverse Designer:L. C. LyonObverse Designer:L. C. LyonSize:19mmWeight:3.99gEdge:ReededComposition:91.67% Gold 8.33% Silver
The 1857 is one of the easier dates in the series with an initial
of 537,000, relative high for this era. This is complemented by a number of high grade examples surfacing from the India
(Noble, J, 2016)
. The date often features re-entered lettering, a technique employed by the Sydney mint to prolong the working life of
though evidence of their overuse can be seen with numerous
and other damage associated with overworked
the 1855 Type II
was used to supplement production through
While typically prospectors wanted their gold coined in sovereign for ideal storage and transportation, the half sovereign
was favoured for circulation and the growing local economy from the gold rush and associated immigration led to an increased
demand for half sovereigns resulting in this higher
Despite this, the low survival rate of this era resulted in this date being difficult to acquire overall in any grade
though quite a bit easier than most other dates in the series.
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