1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign Rev
1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign
1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign
Extremely Fine
Private Collection Melbourne
The 1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign has a unique status as Australia’s very first half sovereign - struck at the nation’s first mint, the Sydney Mint. The coin is amazingly rare. Less than fifty examples are known today and let’s be clear on this point. That’s not fifty at each quality level. That’s fifty across all quality levels. (To put this figure into perspective, the industry estimates that 1500 to 2000 1930 Pennies, across all quality levels, are known.)
MAY 2017
1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign Obv
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This coin is a superb example of Australia’s very first half sovereign with beautiful old gold tone, strong edges that have an almost ‘picture frame’ effect on the coin and minimal marks in the field.

This coin is ranked in the top five of the fifty known examples. 
The scarcity of the ‘1855’ simply is tied to its mintage. The year 1855 was the first year of  operation of the Sydney Mint and a minuscule number of half sovereigns were struck, 21,000


By comparison, the following year (1856) the mint struck 478,000 half sovereigns.

For the collector seeking to fill the hole in his Australian half sovereign collection. Or the investor seeking to acquire a great Australian rarity, this is an unparalleled opportunity.



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