Mintage:483,000 Figure shared with: General issue REG as RFG Mint:Sydney MintMonarch:VictoriaReverse Designer:L. C. LyonObverse Designer:L. C. LyonSize:19mmWeight:3.99gEdge:ReededComposition:91.67% Gold 8.33% Silver
The 1858 SOVRR
is the most recognised spelling
of Australian coinage having been discovered and popularised in 1994 by the late Barrie Sparks. It is identified by the
spelling of SOVEREIGN as SOVRREIGN. Official correspondence from the Royal mint London denies the possibility that the
left London with such an obvious mistake and that it is more likely the
was re-punched in Sydney to extend its working life. This seems to be consistent with the overall appearance of later
strike half sovereigns of the early days at the Sydney mint with numerous re-punched letters evident. This would continue
up until about 1883 where the practice seemed to cease.
Legend of the error coin showing SOVRR
While the rarity of this issue is certain with approximately 10 known examples, other spelling
errors n the series have not experienced such popularity and as such this issue sells for prices
well beyond that of other varieties of similarrarity indicating that some of the other spelling
errors in the series to be
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