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1883-S Beaded Reverse Half Sovereign

Young Head


The 1883 Sydney beaded rim reverse is probably the most common Young Head half sovereign from an Australian mint, with about 2500 pieces available. This is largely owing to the relatively high initial mintage of 220,000, the highest of the series. The date is available in mint state with two examples having been sold through the Reserve Bank of Australia sale realising about $12,000 each. The auction also sold three EF or better examples which sold from $1300 to $5000 (Downies, 2005) .

The type is differentiated from the rare crenulated reverse type by its rim, this type has beads rather than a crenulated or toothed rim.

Beaded Reverse - this issue

Crenulated reverse

a facility that produces coinsThe tails side of the coinA substance composed of several metalsThe heads side of the 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)(Downies, 2005)Downies, 2005The state of a coin which has not been in circulation

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