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Australia Sydney Wreathed Bust

1861  Half Sovereign reverse 1861  Half Sovereign obverse

1861 Half Sovereign

Figure shared with:
Alternate Reverse
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


Sales History


In the lower grades the 1861, despite having the second lowest mintage 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 (PCGS, 2017) . 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 scarce variety also known for the 1856 and as an 1861/0 overdate.

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