|Coin||Australian 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.
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:
||VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1863
At centre within a laurel wreath AUSTRALIA under a royal crown; above, SYDNEY MINT; below, HALF SOVEREIGN.
||SYDNEY MINT AUSTRALIA HALF SOVEREIGN
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.