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Coin: Australian Half Sovereign 1855
Description

A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left, with the date 1855 below. The reverse features the word AUSTRALIA below a royal crown within a wreath of laurel and with the words SYDNEY MINT above and HALF SOVEREIGN below.

A pattern was prepared that year at the Royal Mint in London with the obverse design that was introduced at Sydney in 1857.

CountryNew South Wales CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1/2 (x Pound) TypeAustralian Half Sovereign
Year1855 CurrentNo
Mintage21,000 (21000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Sydney Mint Sydney Mint 21,000 (21000)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerLeonard Charles Wyon
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by James Wyon (Fillet head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)3.9940
Obverse

Head of Queen Victoria facing left, the date 1855 below.; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D: 1855
Reverse

At centre within a laurel wreath AUSTRALIA under a royal crown; above, SYDNEY MINT; below, HALF SOVEREIGN.

Reverse inscriptionSYDNEY MINT AUSTRALIA HALF SOVEREIGN
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Australian Half Sovereign 1855: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Pattern, proof unknown (hover mouse for text)
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Australian Half Sovereign 1855: Photos
Australian Half Sovereign 1855: Photo Pattern Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
Pattern Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Pattern.
source
Australian Half Sovereign 1855: Photo Pattern Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
Pattern Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Pattern. Type 2 portrait.
source
Australian Half Sovereign 1855: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 10
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 1, KM# Pn3 (Pattern)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 002, McD 002a (Pattern)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesH1
Australian Half Sovereign 1855: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Pattern proof
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Australian Half Sovereign 1855: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1855(sy) Victoria Australian Gold Half Sovereign (fillet head) - Silveragecoins.com
Australian Half Sovereign 1855: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria Collections: Pattern Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1855 British Museum - coin
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List of all (13) coins of type: New South Wales / Australian Half Sovereign
Australian Half Sovereign 1853 (pattern) Australian Half Sovereign 1855 Australian Half Sovereign 1856 Australian Half Sovereign 1857 Australian Half Sovereign 1858 Australian Half Sovereign 1859
Australian Half Sovereign 1860 Australian Half Sovereign 1861 Australian Half Sovereign 1862 Australian Half Sovereign 1863 Australian Half Sovereign 1864 Australian Half Sovereign 1865
Australian Half Sovereign 1866