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½ Sovereign - Victoria Pattern

½ Sovereign - Victoria (Pattern) -  obverse½ Sovereign - Victoria (Pattern) -  reverse

© Museum Victoria

Features

Country Australia - Colonial
Type Pattern
Year 1855
Value 1/2 Sovereign (1/2)
Currency Pound sterling (1788-1929)
Composition Gold (.917)
Weight 3.991 g
Diameter 19 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 1855

Obverse

Young head of Victoria left

Lettering:
VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F:D:
1855

Engraver: Joseph S. Wyon

Reverse

At centre within a laurel wreath AUSTRALIA under a royal crown; above, SYDNEY MINT; below, HALF SOVEREIGN

Lettering:
SYDNEY MINT
AUSTRALIA
HALF SOVEREIGN

Engraver: Leonard C. Wyon

Edge

Milled

Comments

1855 was the first year that the Sydney Branch of the Royal Mint struck coins. This pattern was prepared that year at the Royal Mint in London with the obverse design that was introduced at Sydney in 1857.

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