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1861 Half Sovereign

Sydney Wreathed Bust


In the lower grades the 1861, despite having the second lowest mintage figure in the series, after the 1860 it is probably the second or third most common Wreathed Bust Sydney Mint. In top grades, the 1861 is a relatively underrated date and is one of the scarcest dates in the series with only one mint state example appearing on the market in the last decade and none certified by PCGS thus far(PCGS, 2017). The date is extremely elusive in the high AU grades with probably fewer than ten examples available.

The date is known to exist with the alternate reverse, an extremely scarce variety also known for the 1856 and as an 1861/0 overdate.

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 a numeral in the date punched or tooled over another numeralA substance composed of several metalsThe piece of metal a coin is struck on(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)The number of coins struck of a particular designationThe state of a coin which shows no signs of being circulatedPCGS, 2017A coin bearing a slightly different design to the normal issue

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