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1881-S Crenulated Reverse Half Sovereign

Young Head


During the years from 1880 to 1883, the Sydney Mint struck small numbers of half sovereigns that feature a crenulated reverse, typically associated with the Melbourne Mint issues. Very little is known about this variety beyond educated guesses and what has turned up. This variety has been sighted in the dates of 1880, 1881, and 1883 and is identifiable by a crenulated reverse with 147 rim denticles, as opposed to the standard issue which features an even beaded reverserim and 148 denticle and an S mintmark under the shield.

S mintmark under the shield indicating it was struck in Sydney

This coin, the crenulated reverse type

The more common beaded reverse type

The second date in the series of crenulated reverse Sydney Mint half sovereigns,the 1881-S is the toughest type in the Young Head series to acquire and it is estimated that under twenty pieces are in existence today with only four lower grade examples appearing in the Reserve Bank holdings (Downies, 2005) . It is unlisted in Marsh (Marsh, M, A, 2004) . The reverse design of the type appears to have been re-engraved rather than having been struck from re-used 1880 dies , as had been previously believed, and features a sharper rim and stronger design elements within the shield, in particular the lion in the upper right quadrant of the shield.The second finest known example sold at the Quartermaster sale for $3165 (Monetarium, 2009) graded VF/gVF which was the finest example at the Reserve Bank Sale (Downies, 2005) .

a facility that produces coinsThe tails side of the coinA substance composed of several metalsThe heads side of the coinTooth like shapes around the edge of a coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinA marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinA cylindrical punch with an inverted impression of a coin's design used to strike the coinThe edge around a coin, often with beading or denticles(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(Melbourne Museum, 2016)(Melbourne Mint Australia, 2013)(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2009)(McDonald, G, 2008)Downies, 2005Marsh, M, A, 2004Monetarium, 2009A coin bearing a slightly different design to the normal issueThe edge around a coin, often with beading or denticlesTooth like shapes around the edge of a coin

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