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1861 Alternate Reverse Half Sovereign reverse 1861 Alternate Reverse Half Sovereign obverse

1861 Alternate Reverse Half Sovereign

Mintage:186,000
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General issue
1861/60 Overdate
Mint:Sydney Mint 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

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Sales History

The alternate reverse 1861 half sovereign is one of the newly discovered rarities of the Sydney mint half sovereign series. It features the same alternate reverse as the 1856 sometimes occurs in most likely explained by the die being reused. It is identifiable by a the absence of a berry above L of HALF among other slight differences in the wreath. Based on the surviving examples, it is likely that only one die existed which was used for both 1856, 1861 and quite possibly some years in between.

The absence of a berry above L of HALF in this variety The absence of a berry above L of HALF in this variety

The standard reverse with a berry above L of HALF The standard reverse with a berry above L of HALF

As of June 2017, three examples have surfaced though as with any newly discovered variety, it takes time before known examples are identified so it would be difficult to gauge just how many were struck but based on auction realisations, the market impression is very positive about the scarcity of this coin.

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