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Coin: Australian Half Sovereign 1864
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 1864 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 1864, all Sydney Mint half sovereigns with this date were struck in 1865.

CountryNew South Wales CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1/2 (x Pound) TypeAustralian Half Sovereign
Year1864 CurrentNo
Mintage141,000 (141000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Sydney Mint Sydney Mint 141,000 (141000)
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 1864 below; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1864
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 1864: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Roman 1 unknown (hover mouse for text)
Australian Half Sovereign 1864: Photos
Australian Half Sovereign 1864: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1864
Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1864
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Australian Half Sovereign 1864: Photo Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1864
Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1864
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Australian Half Sovereign 1864: 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 011, McD 011a (Roman 1)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesH10
Australian Half Sovereign 1864: 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 Roman 1
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Australian Half Sovereign 1864: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1864(sy) Victoria Australian Gold Half Sovereign (wreath) - Silveragecoins.com
Australian Half Sovereign 1864: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1864
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List of all (13) coins of type: New South Wales / Australian Half Sovereign
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Australian Half Sovereign 1866