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Australia Victoria Shield Large Head

1886-S  Half Sovereign reverse 1886-S  Half Sovereign obverse

1886-S Half Sovereign

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


Sales History


The second last date of the Sydney mint Young Head series, the 1886 Sydney is of similar rarity to the 1887-S Young Head in lower grades but in the AU grades and above the 1886 Sydney tends to turn up far less frequently with 1887 Sydney Mint Half Sovereigns being available right up to the better mint state grades. The 1886-S is known by approximately 1500 to 2000 examples making it relatively common when compared to most earlier half sovereigns though they are still quite difficult to acquire with only a handful of appearances of each date per year.

This type can bedifferentiated from the scarcer Melbourne mint type by the presence of an S mintmark underneath the Shield on the reverse.

S under the Shield indicates Melbourne mint (this coin) S under the Shield indicates Melbourne mint (this coin) M mintmark indicates Melbourne mint M mintmark indicates Melbourne mint

There are also subtle differences in the rim beading with the Melbourne mint type having a toothed rim while this type has a beaded rim.

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