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Coin: Australian Half Sovereign 1863
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 1863 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
Year1863 CurrentNo
Mintage150,000 (150000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Sydney Mint Sydney Mint 150,000 (150000)
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 1863 below; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1863
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
Notes

Half sovereigns bearing this date were all struck in June 1863. The mintage figure was 150,000; the higher figure normally reported reflects the use of 1862 dated dies in 1863.

Renniks 1965 and later catalogues list mintage of 348,500.

Australian Half Sovereign 1863: Photos
Australian Half Sovereign 1863: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1863
Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1863
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Australian Half Sovereign 1863: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1863
Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1863
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Australian Half Sovereign 1863: 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 010
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesH9
Australian Half Sovereign 1863: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Mintage link
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