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Australia Victoria Shield Large Head

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

1880-S Crenulated Reverse Low Relief Half Sovereign

Mintage:80,000
Figure shared with:
Beaded 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

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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 mintmark under the shield. One should be careful not to confuse the S with a 3 or 8 die number which were sometimes used by the Royal mint London.

This, crenulated reverse type This, crenulated reverse type

The Beaded reverse type The Beaded reverse type

S mintmark indicating the coin was struck in Sydney S mintmark indicating the coin was struck in Sydney

The 1880 Sydney with the crenulated reverse rim is the scarcer of the two varieties though at the AU level or in mint state there are a disproportionately high number of surviving examples making the issue seemingly more common in higher grades. Despite this, the variety's rarity has kept prices strong in the higher grades.

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