Australia 1881-M 1/2 sovereign

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Ponterio sale 152, lot 7027
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was lot 7027 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $1,495. The catalog description[1] noted, "AUSTRALIA. 1/2 Sovereign, 1881-M. NGC AU-50 (EF)." Half sovereigns were coined in Australia 1855-1920 in small numbers compared to the enormous quantities of sovereigns issued in that period. This type was struck in Sydney and Melbourne 1871-87 and is not expensive in worn condition but the price ascends rapidly with grade.

Recorded mintage: 42,000.

Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold, .117 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-14; KM 5.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 152: The 2010 NYINC Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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