1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign

1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign
1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign
Private Collection Melbourne
This Uncirculated 1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign is a superb quality example of Australia’s very last half sovereign. We point out the strength of the detail in the rider’s leg … an area of inherent weakness in most 1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereigns. Furthermore, the coin is profoundly rare. We are keen buyers of the ‘1918 Perth’ in top quality but it is noted that all the Uncirculated 1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereigns we have recently handled have been bought back from our clients. We haven’t acquired a fresh example at this quality level for at least five years. Testimony to its rarity.
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The 1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign is like the 1930 Penny.

Its striking is shrouded in mystery, a point that adds further to its appeal. Mint records indicate that the coin was never struck: the appearance of a 1918 Half Sovereign in 1967 proving otherwise.

It is now believed that a mintage using the dies dated 1918 was struck in 1919, and again in 1920, all of which was exported overseas with the majority believed melted down. 

Historians estimate that 300 examples may exist, with only a small percentage of those at Uncirculated. 


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