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1855 Proof Half Sovereign

Sydney Wreathed Bust


The 1855 proof half sovereign is one of the key rarities of the series with just 3 examples known, one of which is beyond reach in the British Museum. This example was re-designated as a proof strike as a business strike surfaced in 1979 with a subsequent example surfacing since then and another being identified in the Museum of Victoria. It is likely however that the issue was originally intended to be a pattern striking but the die was later used to strike business strikes. It was struck to proof quality with a deepcameo finish. One example sold as part of the Quartermaster sale in 2009(Monetarium, 2009).

a facility that produces coinsA coin struck differing from the standard design to commemorate an eventThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coinThe tails side of the coinA coin with a numeral in the date punched or tooled over another numeralA substance composed of several metalsThe piece of metal a coin is struck on(Reserve Bank of Australia, 2005)(Melbourne Museum, 2016)(Sydney Living Museums, 2016)(Sydney Living Museums, 2016)(Sydney Living Museums, 2016)(The Perth Mint Australia, 2016)(The Perth Mint Australia, 2016)(Macfarlane, I, 2005)(Melbourne Museum, 2016)A coin struck to the best possible standards of the mint as a representative or record pieceA coin struck for normal circulationA coin bearing a design or date not used in circulationA coin struck for normal circulationA cylindrical punch with an inverse impression of a coin design used to strike coinsA finish type with mirror fields and a matte reliefMonetarium, 2009

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