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1889-S 13 pearls Half Sovereign

Jubilee Head


The 1889 Sydney is the key date of the series and one of the most underrated half sovereigns in the entire series; This was largely due to its mintagefigure going unpublished in most catalogues despite Royal mint reports stating a mintage of 32,000(Marsh, M, A, 2004). The prices have come up to a more realistic level so perhaps the comment of this being a sleeper is outdated though there was a time when this date, although turning up very infrequently, would turn up at or close to bullion value. There are two varieties for this date, one has 13 pearls in Queen Victoria's necklace (this issue) and the other with 12. The 12 pearl necklace is by far the scarcer of the two with about 1 in 5 having this rare variety.

13 pearl necklace, note the extra pearl in front of the Queen's neck

12 pearl variety

a facility that produces coinsA coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationThe heads side of the coinThe tails side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinA marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinThe number of coins struck of a particular designationA coin struck as a representation piece of a coin that never eventuated(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)Marsh, M, A, 2004(Downies, 2005)A scarce issue which is undervalued relative to other coins in its series due to its scarcity being not widely known
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