Mintage:282,000 Figure shared with: 1865 General issue Mint:Sydney MintMonarch:VictoriaReverse Designer:L. C. LyonObverse Designer:L. C. LyonSize:19mmWeight:3.99gEdge:ReededComposition:91.67% Gold 8.33% Silver
First sighted in the Heyde Sale in 1974, the 1864 Sydney Mint half sovereign featuring a Roman I in the date in place
of the typical Arabic 1 is one of the scarcer
of the series. While scarcer than the 1858 half sovereign with the incorrect legend, it has not nearly received the same
attention and thus remains in a similar price range to the ordinary type for the date. It was most likely caused during the
re-punching of the letters, a technique employed by the Sydney mint to extend the working life of
with the incorrect punch being used for the 1. The MS63 example graded by PCGS (illustrated) is this variety.
The date of a Roman I 1864 half sovereign
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