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Australia Victoria Shield Large Head

1880-S Beaded Reverse Low Relief Half Sovereign reverse 1880-S Beaded Reverse Low Relief Half Sovereign obverse

1880-S Beaded Reverse Low Relief Half Sovereign

Mintage:80,000
Figure shared with:
Crenulated Reverse Low Relief
Mint:Sydney Mint Monarch:Victoria Reverse Designer:J. B. Merlen Obverse Designer:William Wyon Size:19mm Weight:3.99g Edge:Reeded Composition:91.67% Gold
8.33% Copper

Values

Sales History

With 80,000 pieces struck, the 1880 Sydney was always going to be a scarce issue, the estimated survival count is about 1500 pieces distributed among two types. The piece was struck at the Sydney branch of the Royal mint as denoted by the S mintmark under the shield.

S mintmark under the shield indicating Sydney mint S mintmark under the shield indicating Sydney mint

This, the beaded reverse type can be differentiated by having a beaded rim on the reverse side as opposed to a tooth or crenulated reverse for the remaining coins.

This, the beaded reverse variety This, the beaded reverse variety

The crenulated reverse variety The crenulated reverse variety

While the beaded reverse type is typically considered to the be more common of the two, collectors of high grade half sovereigns will be aware of just how difficult the type is to acquire in mint state even when compared to the crenulated type which has a number of high grade examples known. The finest that sold through the Reserve Bank Sale was graded EF which sold for about $6,000 (Downies, 2005) .

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