1880 Young Head Half Sovereign, Sydney Mint


1880 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign YH Shield Choice Unc obv B & B October 2018
1880 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign YH Shield Choice Unc rev B & B October 2018
1880 Young Head Half Sovereign, Sydney Mint, ex Quartermaster Collection
COIN
1880 Young Head Half Sovereign, Sydney Mint, ex Quartermaster Collection
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
The famed Quartermaster Collection
PRICE
$30,000
COMMENTS
This 1880 Half Sovereign was struck at the Sydney Mint and depicts the Young Head portrait designed by William Wyon and the Shield design created by Jean Baptiste Merlen. From 1871 until 1879, the Sydney Mint enjoyed robust half sovereign production issuing more than 1 million coins.
STATUS
Available now
1880 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign YH Shield Choice Unc rev B & B October 2018
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A new decade dawned and in 1880, the Sydney Mint experienced a dramatic drop in half sovereign production, issuing only 80,000 coins.

That's a bonus for collectors.

The affect today is that in any condition, the 1880 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign is a rare coin. But it is excruciatingly rare in the Choice Uncirculated quality offered here.

This is a cameo-perfect example of the 1880 Half Sovereign. A stunning coin, visually impactful with superb detail, smooth fields and much original gold lustre.

In a recent conversation, Winsor re-affirmed that in the many years he was involved in the industry, he had not seen finer.

1880 - and what a year it was.  Gold was discovered at Margaret River, Northern Territory by David Tennant, prospector, publican and store owner. The discovery inspired massive Chinese migration. Who hasn't eaten a 'Cherry Ripe' or a 'Freddo Frog'? Confectionery Company, Macpherson Robertson began making their prized treats in Fitzroy, Melbourne, in 1880.

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