Australia 1918-P 1/2 sovereign

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23080
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23080 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $4,112.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V gold 1/2 Sovereign 1918P, AU58 NGC, fully lustrous with bold features, a choice example of this rare date/mint." This type was struck 1911-18 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: est. 250.

Specification: 3.99 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 28.


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  • 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]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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