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1887-M  Half Sovereign reverse 1887-M  Half Sovereign obverse

1887-M Half Sovereign

Mintage:64,013
Figure shared with:
Jubilee Head Medium JEB
Jubilee Head Narrow JEB
Jubilee Head Wide JEB
Mint:Melbourne 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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Coming from a mintage of 64,013, combined with the Jubilee Head types, the 1887 Melbourne is one of the scarcest half sovereigns ever issued. It is estimated that a total of around 600 examples remain today making it extremely difficult to source at or above AU. It is however not quite as scarce as is generally considered with the 1881 Melbourne, and possibly the 1886 Melbourne, being slightly scarcer in better grades and the 1885 Melbourne being scarcer overall.

The type can be differentiated from the 1887 Sydney by the presence of an M mintmark underneath the shield.

M mintmark indicates the coin was struck in Melbourne (this coin) M mintmark indicates the coin was struck in Melbourne (this coin)

The more common type was struck in Sydney and bears an S mintmark The more common type was struck in Sydney and bears an S mintmark

This type can be differentiated from the Jubilee head types from the obverse portrait.

Young Head portrait (this coin) Young Head portrait (this coin)

The Jubilee Head type The Jubilee Head type

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