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CI04002

Australia, Victoria 1858 Sydney Half-Sovereign MS62+

Australia, Victoria (1837-1901), gold Half-Sovereign, Sydney Branch Mint, 1858, 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 383; KM 3; Fr.10a). Some light hairline marks, nick on cheek, toned, some die clash evident on reverse, extremely fine and very rare this well preserved, has been graded and slabbed by NGC as MS62+.

NGC certification 2718443-004.

We note that this MS62+ coin is by far the highest currently graded by NGC or PCGS with the next highest contender being AU58.

Calendar year mintage=483,000. 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 551.

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