The 1887 Sydney are both of similar rarity to the 1886 Sydney in lower grades but in AU grades or higher, the 1886 Sydney
tends to turn up far less frequently with 1887 Sydney Mint half sovereigns being available right up to Choice Uncirculated
at the Reserve Bank of Australia Sale. Note that the mintage figure used for the 1887 Sydney is combined with the Jubilee
Head types of the same year and mint.
The 1887 Sydney isdifferentiable from the Melbourne mint type by the presence of an S
underneath the Shield anddifferentiable from the Jubilee head type from the bust.
S mintmark indicates Sydney mint (this issue)
M mintmark indicating Melbourne mint
Young Head portrait (this coin)
Jubilee Head portrait
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