½ Sovereign - Victoria

½ Sovereign - Victoria -  obverse½ Sovereign - Victoria -  reverse

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Country Australia - Colonial
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1887-1893
Value 1/2 Sovereign (1/2)
Currency Pound sterling (1788-1929)
Composition Gold (.917)
Weight 3.992 g
Diameter 19 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 9,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Fr# 22
Gold Coins of the World: From Ancient Times to the Present
by Arthur L. Friedberg, Ira S. Friedberg
( Coin & Currency Institute, 2017)


A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring the Jubilee bust of Queen Victoria wearing imperial crown and facing left, a long veil falls behind the head, the bust is draped and decorated with the Star of the Garter, and also the badge of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, the artist's initials J.E.B. below the shoulder

J. E. B.

Engraver: Joseph Edgar Boehm

Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Baronet, RA was a medallist and sculptor, best known for the Jubilee head of Queen Victoria on coinage, and the statue of the Duke of Wellington at Hyde Park Corner.


Garnished shield, crowned and lined, around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID:DEF: and below 1889, the mint mark, M at the middle of the date

18 M 89

Engraver: Benedetto Pistrucci

Benedetto Pistrucci was a distinguished Italian Gem-engraver, medallist and coin-engraver who became Chief-medallist at the Royal Mint in England.




M = Melbourne Mint
S = Sydney Mint

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1887 M
1887 M Proof
1887 S
1887 S Proof
1888 M Proof
1889 M Proof
1889 S 64,000
1890 M Proof
1891 M Proof
1891 S 154,000 with "J.E.B."
1891 S without "J.E.B."
1892 M Proof
1892 S Proof
1893 M 110,000
1893 M Proof
1893 S Proof

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