Mintage:216,000 Mint:Sydney MintMonarch:VictoriaReverse Designer:L. C. LyonObverse Designer:L. C. LyonSize:19mmWeight:3.99gEdge:ReededComposition:91.67% Gold 8.33% Silver
Royal Mint reports indicate that no half sovereigns were minted in 1866 but 62,000 were minted in 1867 and a further 154,000
(Marsh, M, A, 2004)
. As it is known that there are no 1867 or 1869 dated coins, it is presumed that they were struck with 1866
of 216,000 which would seem consistent with the relative survival rate of the date. The date is one of the easier pieces
to source with an estimated survival rate just shy of 1,000 and examples do turn up around XF from time to time, though finding
examples at AU and beyond can be quite a challenge. The date is often found with a bold
obverse rim paired with an undetailed central reverse strike.
These examples came off the recycled
of the year as during the year the Sydney mint struck two
half sovereigns for the Inter-colonial Exhibition in 1866 and the International Exposition in 1867 as products of New
(Noble, J, 2003)
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