This highly historical gem represents the end of an era, the final year of the striking of the Young Head design.
And the quality is superb. The striking is highly detailed, the edges perfect, the fields unblemished.
That you can count Barrie Winsor and Tom Hadley (of Quartermaster fame) amongst its former owners is a further stamp of approval. It is a special coin with a respected pedigree.
A great coin has just become even greater with our bonus offer of an Uncirculated 1897 Sydney Mint Veiled Head Half Sovereign.
Two quality Half Sovereigns both produced by the Sydney Mint and each bearing a different portrait of Queen Victoria. For the price of one.
Australia’s Young Head design was introduced in 1871 and continued until 1887.
In that same year, Australia introduced a new half sovereign portrait in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.
The Jubilee portrait ran from 1887 until 1893 when it was replaced with the Veiled Head portrait of Queen Victoria. The Veiled Head portrait, featuring a mature aged Queen Victoria, ran from 1893 to 1901.
Records indicate that in 1887, 134,000 half sovereigns were issued by the Sydney Mint. An extremely low mintage for a circulating coin. But there is a catch here ... the mintage of 134,000 covers the two different portrait designs of Young Head and Jubilee Head. So a low mintage becomes even lower for each portrait type.
Question. Which is the rarer, the 1887 Young Head or 1887 Jubilee? Answer. The Young Head by far.