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1859 Half Sovereign

Sydney Wreathed Bust


The 1859 is the third year in which Type II Sydney mint half sovereigns were struck (the 1855 was likely struck in 1857) and while the mintage of 341,000 is substantial compared to later dates, it is no doubt scarce, especially in higher grades with no major hoards surfacing unlike the years from 1856 to 1858. One example has been certified in mint state by PCGS at a respectable MS61(PCGS, 2017).

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 coin(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)(Reserve Bank of Australia, 2005)The state of a coin which shows no conclusive signs of circulationPCGS, 2017
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