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1864 Roman 1 in date Half Sovereign

Sydney Wreathed Bust


First sighted in the Heyde Sale in 1974, the 1864 Sydney Mint half sovereign featuring a Roman I in the date in place of the typical Arabic 1 is one of the scarcer errors of the series. While scarcer than the 1858 half sovereign with the incorrect legend, it has not nearly received the same attention and thus remains in a similar price range to the ordinary type for the date. It was most likely caused during the re-punching of the letters, a technique employed by the Sydney mint to extend the working life of dieswith the incorrect punch being used for the 1. The MS63 example graded by PCGS (illustrated) is this variety.

The date of a Roman I 1864 half sovereign

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)A coin struck with a significant enough or amount of flaws that it should not have been permitted into circulationA cylindrical punch with an inverse impression of a coin design used to strike coins

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