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Australia Victoria Shield Large Head

1881-S Beaded Reverse Low Relief Half Sovereign reverse 1881-S Beaded Reverse Low Relief Half Sovereign obverse

1881-S Beaded Reverse Low Relief Half Sovereign

Mintage:62,000
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

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Sales History

The 1881 Sydney, as denoted by the S mintmark underneath the shield on the reverse is the second date in the beaded reverse design series.

S mintmark indicates this coin was struck at Sydney S mintmark indicates this coin was struck at Sydney

It is probably the toughest date in this sub-series though many consider the 1882 Sydney to be slightly scarcer. The date is available in mint state, but is more often found in the VG to Fine range like much of this era. The date does turn up in VF or better from time to time but for one reason or another is generally more heavily circulated than its neighbouring dates. The date sold around the $6000 mark in EF, and down to $250 in VF with intermediate grades selling at around the $2000 mark at the Reserve Bank of Australia Sale in 2005 (Downies, 2005) .

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