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Coin: Australian Half Sovereign 1861
Description

A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a wreath of banksia with the date 1861 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.

CountryNew South Wales CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1/2 (x Pound) TypeAustralian Half Sovereign
Year1861 CurrentNo
Mintage186,500 (186500)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Sydney Mint 186,500 (186500) Sydney Mint
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerLeonard Charles Wyon
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.3000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)3.9940
Obverse

Head of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a wreath of banksia which is plaited, the date 1861 below.; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1861
Reverse

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

Reverse inscription

SYDNEY MINT AUSTRALIA HALF SOVEREIGN

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Australian Half Sovereign 1861: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Overdate 1861/0 unknown
Australian Half Sovereign 1861: Photos
Australian Half Sovereign 1861: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1861
Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1861
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
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Australian Half Sovereign 1861: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1861
Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1861
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
source
Australian Half Sovereign 1861: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 10
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 3
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 008, McD 008a (Overdate)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesH7
Australian Half Sovereign 1861: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Overdate 1861/0
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Australian Half Sovereign 1861: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1861(sy) Victoria Australian Gold Half Sovereign (wreath) - Silveragecoins.com
Australian Half Sovereign 1861: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1861
List of all (13) coins of type: New South Wales / Australian Half Sovereign
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