Mintage:94,000 Figure shared with: O over C Full Sovereign Mint:Sydney MintMonarch:VictoriaReverse Designer:J. B. MerlenObverse Designer:William WyonSize:19mmWeight:3.99gEdge:ReededComposition:91.67% Gold 8.33% Copper
1879 is the last year that half sovereigns were struck before standardised designs were introduced by Australian mints,
though the London Mint continued to use varying designs from previous years in 1880 and the Melbourne Mint issued 1882 Melbourne
Half Sovereigns with a truncated bust. The design is similar to the 1877-1882 narrow ribbon issue from the Melbourne Mintbutthe
obverse relief is slightly more pronounced with some minor tilting of
the portrait.The issue was struck at the Sydney mint as denoted by an S
below the shield.
S mintmark indicates this was struck at the Sydney mint
From a low
of 94,000, it is estimated that around 1000pieces have survived though the date is very difficult to acquire in AU or
better condition. The finest example at the Reserve Bank of Australia sale was gradedgood EF and sold forjust over $10,000
against an estimate of $3,000
. This example was later put to auction by Monetarium from the Quartermaster collectionbutit was unsold
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