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1887-S Beaded Reverse Half Sovereign

Young Head


The 1887 Sydney are both of similar rarity to the 1886 Sydney in lower grades but in AU grades or higher, the 1886 Sydney tends to turn up far less frequently with 1887 Sydney Mint half sovereigns being available right up to Choice Uncirculated at the Reserve Bank of Australia Sale. Note that the mintage figure used for the 1887 Sydney is combined with the Jubilee Head types of the same year and mint.

The 1887 Sydney isdifferentiable from the Melbourne mint type by the presence of an Smintmark underneath the Shield anddifferentiable from the Jubilee head type from the bust.

S mintmark indicates Sydney mint (this issue)

M mintmark indicating Melbourne mint

Young Head portrait (this coin)

Jubilee Head portrait

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, 2005)

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