The 1880 Sydney crenulated reverse half sovereign is a rare subset
of the 1880 which features a toothed or crenulated reverse
rimas opposed to the standard beaded type. It was struck at the Sydney mint as denoted by the S
under the shield. One should be careful not to confuse the S with a 3 or 8
which were sometimes used by the Royal mint London.
This, crenulated reverse type
The Beaded reverse type
S mintmark indicating the coin was struck in Sydney
The 1880 Sydney with the crenulated reverse rim is the scarcer of
though at the AU level or in
there are a disproportionately high number of surviving examples making the issue seemingly more common in higher grades.
Despite this, the
rarity has kept prices strong in the higher grades.
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