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1859/8 Overdate Half Sovereign

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The 1859/8 overdate half sovereign is one of the lesser known overdates despite the clarity of the 9 over the 8. This is likely due to its scarcity rather than anything else giving it the potential to be one of the series sleeper dates. An example sold in Heritage in 2012 for US$10,925(Heritage Auctions, 2012) - a price not more than the value of a normal 1859 indicating that at the time, the market had not fully appreciated the variety. This example had been certified by NGC at MS61 without the overdate attributed on the holder.

The 1859/8 overdate

The illustrated example however sold in Nobles in 2009(Noble, J, 2009), graded nearly very fine/very fine well beyond the price of a normal 1859 in that grade indicating that perhaps its popularity just had not spread out of Australia at the time with Heritage being a US based auction house.

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 the date superimposed over a previous date having been struck from a reworked die(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 with the date superimposed over a previous date having been struck from a reworked dieA scarce issue which is undervalued relative to other coins in its series due to its scarcity being not widely knownHeritage Auctions, 2012A coin which features a slightly different design from that which is normally seenNoble, J, 2009

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