We note that in our 45+ years of involvement in the industry we have handled only one other top quality 1882S Half Sovereign.
The mintage for that year was a mere 52,000 coins. A clear explanation as to its rarity out in the market place.
Particularly when you consider that one year later, in 1883, the Sydney Mint issued 220,000 half sovereigns.
This half sovereign was acquired from London coin company, Knightsbridge coins, one of the most well connected numismatic dealers in the U.K., U.S. and Europe. And a gold coin specialist.
Sold to Barrie Winsor, it was later acquired by the Quartermaster Collection.
1882 - and what a year it was. Gold continued to be discovered in Australia with a new find at Mount Morgan, Queensland. The Methodist Ladies' College, opened in Melbourne, with W. H. Fitchett as principal. Prince Alfred Hospital opened in Sydney and the Austin Hospital opened in Melbourne. Wharf labourers in Sydney began an unsuccessful four-week strike to increase their hourly rate from 1s to 1s 3d. Adelaide and Port Augusta were connected by rail and the Australian Electric Co. exhibits electric light in Melbourne and illuminates Spencer Street Station.