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BI01883

Australia, Victoria 1857 Sydney Half-Sovereign

Australia, Victoria (1837-1901), gold Half-Sovereign, Sydney Branch Mint, 1857, second young head left with wreath of banksia in hair, date below, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D: rev. AUSTRALIA across centre, crown above within tied laurel wreath, SYDNEY MINT above, HALF SOVEREIGN below (Marsh 382; KM 3; Fr.10a). Some light hairline marks, toned, good extremely fine and very rare this well preserved, has been graded and slabbed by NGC as MS63.

NGC certification 2718443-003.

We note that this MS63 coin is by far the highest currently graded by NGC, however we note PCGS have one at MS64 listed.

Calendar year mintage=537,000. The second young head type Sydney Mint Sovereign was designed and engraved by Leonard Charles Wyon. The abbreviated Latin legend translates as on the obverse "Victoria, by the grace of God, Queen of all the Britons, Defender of the Faith."

Provenance:

Ex St James Auction 21, 19th April 2012, lot 550.

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