New South Wales: Coin Australian Half Sovereign 1856 - detailed information

New South Wales: Coin Australian Half Sovereign 1856
CoinAustralian Half Sovereign 1856

A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left with the date 1856 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.

MintSydney Mint
Obverse
New South Wales / Australian Half Sovereign 1856 - obverse photo

Young head of Victoria left, below 1856; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:

Obverse Inscription VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D: 1856
Reverse
New South Wales / Australian Half Sovereign 1856 - reverse photo

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 InscriptionNone
Notes

Australian Coins and Banknotes by Greg McDonald lists three varieties based on die variations: 1/2 (obverse Type 1, reverse Type 2) with reference 003, 1/3 with reference 003a (which seems to be the "regular" type listed elsewhere) and a 2/3 pattern which is proof only, reference 003b.

Australian Half Sovereign 1856: Known varieties
Variety Die variety 1/2
Mintage unknown
DetailsDie variety 1/2 as per Australian Coins and Banknotes by Greg McDonald.
Variety Pattern (Die variety 2/3, proof only)
Mintage unknown
DetailsDie variety 2/3 as per Australian Coins and Banknotes by Greg McDonald.
Australian Half Sovereign 1856: References to Information Used
All Coins of Country: New South Wales, Type: Australian Half Sovereign (13)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Australian Half Sovereign 1853 (pattern) unknown Portrait by James Wyon (Fillet head) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1853
Australian Half Sovereign 1855 21,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D: 1855
Australian Half Sovereign 1856 478,000 Portrait by James Wyon (Fillet head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D: 1856
Australian Half Sovereign 1857 537,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D: 1857
Australian Half Sovereign 1858 483,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1858
Australian Half Sovereign 1859 341,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D: 1859
Australian Half Sovereign 1860 156,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1860
Australian Half Sovereign 1861 186,500 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1861
Australian Half Sovereign 1862 210,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1862
Australian Half Sovereign 1863 150,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1863
Australian Half Sovereign 1864 141,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1864
Australian Half Sovereign 1865 62,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D: 1865
Australian Half Sovereign 1866 154,000 Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia) VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1866
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Australian Half Sovereign 1856: Details
CountryNew South Wales
CurrencyNSW Pound
PeriodAustralian Sovereign (1855 - 1870)
Coin TypeAustralian Half Sovereign
Issued1856
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyPortrait by James Wyon (Fillet head)
Face Value1/2 (x Pound)
CurrentNo
Mintage478,000
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerLeonard Charles Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)19.3000
Mass (g)3.9940
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Australian Half Sovereign 1856: Photos
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Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1856
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Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1856
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