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Australia Victoria Shield Large Head

1882-S Beaded Reverse Low Relief Half Sovereign reverse 1882-S Beaded Reverse Low Relief Half Sovereign obverse

1882-S Beaded Reverse Low Relief Half Sovereign

Mintage:52,000
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

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The 1882 Sydney is probably a slightly more common date than the 1881 Sydney overall despite having a lower mintage of 52,000. In particular, it is more common in mint state grades with a Choice Uncirculated example being sold at the Reserve Bank Sale and two examples graded above EF. The Choice Uncirculated example sold for close to $60,000 while the examples around the good EF to AU range sold for $20,000 to $25,000. Examples just below EF sold for around $2000 to $6000 (Downies, 2005) .

Circulated 1882 Sydney Mint Half Sovereigns tend to have heavily worn reverses due to low-rims, with the top-right quadrant of the shield being most susceptible.

Reverse: note the obvious wear on the top-right quadrant. Reverse: note the obvious wear on the top-right quadrant.

In 1882, the Melbourne Mint also struck two types of Young Head half sovereigns distinguishable by a truncated and normal bust of Queen Victoria.

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