1873 Half Sovereign Melbourne Mint


1873 Half Sov Melb Mint
1873 Half Sovereign Melbourne Mint
COIN
1873 Half Sovereign Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Monetarium Sydney
PRICE
$ 25,000
COMMENTS
From the day this 1873 Melbourne Mint Half Sovereign was struck, it was destined to become a prized collector piece. The striking is remarkable. The design is highly detailed. Furthermore the coin has been brilliantly preserved, the fields are smooth. The coin is proof-like in appearance.
STATUS
Sold June 2016
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Even more notable when you consider that the half sovereign was the ‘work horse’ of the colony and was used in every day transactions. (As distinct from the sovereign that tended to be hoarded in banks.)

This 1873 Half Sovereign is pivotal to Australia’s gold coin history for it represents the very first year of half sovereign production at the Melbourne Mint and depicts the Young Head design of Queen Victoria with the Shield reverse.

While the Melbourne Mint struck its first sovereign in 1872, the year of its opening, production of half sovereigns did not commence until the following year making this coin one of the key dates of the Young Head series. The very first of a new series.

Over and above the historical significance of this coin, it is presented in Choice Uncirculated quality, the finest that we have handled and therefore impossible to improve upon.

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