|Coin||Australian 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.
Young head of Victoria left, below 1856; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
||VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D: 1856
At centre within a laurel wreath AUSTRALIA under a royal crown; above, SYDNEY MINT; below, HALF SOVEREIGN.
||SYDNEY MINT AUSTRALIA HALF SOVEREIGN
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.