Mintage:186,000 Figure shared with: General issue 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
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
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
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 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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