Australia 1865-S 1/2 sovereign

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Eliasberg lot 2346
Australia 1865 half sovereign rev Eliasberg 2346.jpg

This specimen was lot 2346 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $1322.50. The catalog description[1] 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.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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]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.

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