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1856 Proof or Pattern Half Sovereign

Sydney Wreathed Bust


A more elusive pattern striking and somewhat more enigmatic with all known examples surfacing at mints outside of Australia. While it is almost certain the issue was struck at the Royal mint in London, its purpose is unknown considering the 1855 served as the representative piece for the design. In 2005 at Noble Numismatics offered an example, described as having surface marks, ex the Pretoria Mint collection, otherwise nearly FDC with an estimate of $160,000 though did not sell(Noble, J, 2005).

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