Australia 1857-S 1/2 sovereign

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Sincona sale 59, lot 1016
This specimen was lot 1016 in Sincona sale 59 (Zurich, October 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Australien, Victoria, 1837-1901. 1/2 Sovereign 1857, Sydney. Selten. Schön-sehr schön. Kleiner Randfehler. (Australia, Victoria, 1837-1901, half sovereign of 1857, Sydney mint. Rare, Fine-very fine, Minor edge flaw.)"
This type, bearing the portrait of Queen Victoria wearing a banksia wreath, was struck at the Sydney mint 1857-70. The total issue was in the millions yet the type is scarce today, especially in nice condition. The Sydney mint was opened in 1855 to strike the gold found in Australia and was not employed to strike ordinary circulation coinage until 1920.

Recorded mintage: 537,000 + proofs.

Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 3.88 g.

Catalog reference: Schl. 827. Fr-10 a, KM 3.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 59: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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