Australia 1915-M 1/2 sovereign
This specimen was lot 22244 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it sold for $336. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. 1/2 Sovereign, 1915-M. Melbourne Mint. PCGS MS-63. Attractive light orange-peel tone. Nice strike with soft satin luster and quite good eye appeal. This is the only year Melbourne struck half sovereigns for George V. The Melbourne mint struck thirteen times as many sovereigns as half sovereigns in 1915." The half sovereign was minted in a fraction of the quantity of the full sovereign but it must have been saved as it is today common. It was struck for George V 1911-18 at all three Australian mints.
Recorded mintage: 125,000.
Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold, 19 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: S-4007; Fr-42; KM-28.
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- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.