Australia 1865-S 1/2 sovereign
This specimen was lot 2346 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $1322.50. The catalog description noted, "1865 1/2 sovereign. EF-45 (NGC). Young head of Victoria to left, legends around, date below/wreath, crown and AUSTRALIA within, mint above, denomination below. Medium gold." Half sovereigns were coined in Australia 1855-1920 in small numbers compared to the enormous quantities of sovereigns issued in that period. This type, with the queen's hair tied in a banksia wreath, was struck 1857-66 only and all the dates are rare today.
Recorded mintage: 62,000.
Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold, .117 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 3.97 grams, 19.20 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 3, Fr-10a.
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- Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.