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.