Mintage:186,000 Figure shared with: Alternate Reverse 1861/60 Overdate Mint:Sydney MintMonarch:VictoriaReverse Designer:L. C. LyonObverse Designer:L. C. LyonSize:19mmWeight:3.99gEdge:ReededComposition:91.67% Gold 8.33% Silver
In the lower grades the 1861, despite having the second lowest
figure in the series, after the 1860 it is probably the second or third most common Wreathed Bust Sydney Mint. In top
grades, the 1861 is a relatively underrated date and is one of the scarcest dates in the series with only one mint state example appearing on the market in the last decade and none certified by PCGS thus far
. The date is extremely elusive in the high AU grades with probably fewer than ten examples available.
The date is known to exist with the alternate reverse, an extremely
also known for the 1856 and as an 1861/0
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