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Coin: Australian Half Sovereign 1862
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 1862 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.

Although bearing the date 1862, records in London indicate the '1862' half sovereigns were all struck in 1863.

CountryNew South Wales CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1/2 (x Pound) TypeAustralian Half Sovereign
Year1862 CurrentNo
Mintage210,000 (210000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Sydney Mint Sydney Mint 210,000 (210000)
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 1862 below.; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1862
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

Notes

Half sovereigns bearing the date of 1963 were all struck in June 1863. The mintage figure was 150,000; the higher figure normally reported for 1863 reflects the use of 1862 dated dies in 1863. Renniks 1965 and later catalogues list mintage of 348,500.

In this case, the number of coins bearing the date 1862 would be 198,500 and not 210,000 as listed in catalogues.

Australian Half Sovereign 1862: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
High 6 in date unknown
Australian Half Sovereign 1862: Photos
Australian Half Sovereign 1862: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1862
Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1862
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Australian Half Sovereign 1862: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1862
Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1862
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Australian Half Sovereign 1862: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1862
Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1862
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Australian Half Sovereign 1862: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1862
Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1862
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Australian Half Sovereign 1862: 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 009, McD 009a (High 6)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesH8
Australian Half Sovereign 1862: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums 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 High 6 in date
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Australian Half Sovereign 1862: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1862(sy) Victoria Australian Gold Half Sovereign (wreath) - Silveragecoins.com
Australian Half Sovereign 1862: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1862 Museums Victoria: Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1862
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