Australia 1908-P 1/2 sovereign

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Sincona sale 18, lot 1037
This specimen was lot 1037 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Half sovereign 1908. Perth Selten. Vorzüglich. (Australia, half sovereign of 1908, Perth mint. Rare, extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1902-10 at Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, which were not used to strike Australian coins until 1916. Most of the dates are common but this one is rare. Australia maintained the sterling silver standard until 1945, years after Great Britain had debased her coins to .500 fine.

Recorded mintage: 25,000.

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

Catalog reference: KM 14, S. 3976B. Fr-37.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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