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1858 Half Sovereign

Sydney Wreathed Bust


The 1858 is the easiest date in the series to acquire in any grade with a small batch of high grade examples surfacing in India in the mid-70s. It is however by no means common with a mintage of 483,000. While low in comparison with most Australian coins, this was quite high for a circulation coin of the era and the Royal mint branch in Sydney needed to take extra initiatives to extend the working life of their dies. One such technique commonly employed by Sydney during this period was the repunching individual letters into the diesas letters began to wear away. This gave rise to a number of varieties in which the incorrect letter was punched into the dies.

R punched over the E in SOVEREIGN

With the India hoard offering coins around the mid-AU level, values for the piece rise dramatically beyond this with an example in 2007 selling for AU$93,200(Noble, J, 2007). Sales at this level however are very infrequent with only one example slabbed in mint state thus far(PCGS, 2017).

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