Australian Half Sovereign 1863, Coin from New South Wales - detailed information

Australian Half Sovereign 1863, Coin from New South Wales
CoinAustralian Half Sovereign 1863

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.

MintSydney Mint Mintage150,000
Obverse
New South Wales / Australian Half Sovereign 1863 - obverse photo

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
New South Wales / Australian Half Sovereign 1863 - 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
EdgeMilledEdge 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: References to Information Used
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Mintage link
All (13) Coins of Country: New South Wales, Type: Australian Half Sovereign
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 1863: Details
CountryNew South Wales
CurrencyNSW Pound
PeriodAustralian Sovereign (1855 - 1870)
Coin TypeAustralian Half Sovereign
Issued1863
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyPortrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia)
Face Value1/2 (x Pound)
Mintage150,000
CurrentNo
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerLeonard Charles Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size (mm)19.3000
Mass (g)3.9940
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