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1858 SOVRR Half Sovereign

Sydney Wreathed Bust


The 1858 SOVRR variety is the most recognised spelling error variety of Australian coinage having been discovered and popularised in 1994 by the late Barrie Sparks. It is identified by the spelling of SOVEREIGN as SOVRREIGN. Official correspondence from the Royal mint London denies the possibility that the die left London with such an obvious mistake and that it is more likely the die was re-punched in Sydney to extend its working life. This seems to be consistent with the overall appearance of later strike half sovereigns of the early days at the Sydney mint with numerous re-punched letters evident. This would continue up until about 1883 where the practice seemed to cease.

Legend of the error coin showing SOVRR

While the rarity of this issue is certain with approximately 10 known examples, other spelling errors n the series have not experienced such popularity and as such this issue sells for prices well beyond that of other varieties of similarrarity indicating that some of the other spelling errors in the series to be sleepers.

a facility that produces coinsA coin struck differing from the standard design to commemorate an eventThe tails side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coinA coin which features a slightly different design from that which is normally seenA coin struck with a significant enough or amount of flaws that it should not have been permitted into circulation(Reserve Bank of Australia, 2005)(Melbourne Museum, 2016)(Sydney Living Museums, 2016)(The Perth Mint Australia, 2016)(Macfarlane, I, 2005)(Melbourne Museum, 2016)(Sparkes, B, 1994)(Downies, 2005)A cylindrical punch with an inverted impression of a coin's design used to strike the coinA scarce issue which is undervalued relative to other coins in its series due to its scarcity being not widely known

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