Australia 1866-S 1/2 sovereign
This specimen was lot 30367 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,020. The catalog description noted, "Victoria gold 1/2 Sovereign 1866-SYDNEY AU50 PCGS, Sydney mint. Difficult to encounter in higher grades, this fairly elusive piece, the final date for its particular series, exhibits some light, even wear while still retaining a fair amount of luster." 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. This example sold for much less than the reported catalog value.
Recorded mintage: 154,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold, .117 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 3, Fr-10a.
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- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.