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Coin - Half Sovereign, Australia, 1861 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3139

Australia New South Wales Sydney
Sydney Mint Half Sovereign, 1861 (AD)
Mint: Sydney
A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a wreath of banksia with the date 1861 below. The reverse features the word AUSTRALIA below a royal crown within a wreath of laurel and with the words SYDNEY MINT above and HALF SOVEREIGN below.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 19 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 3.861 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: gold rushes
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, Medal Makers, Sydney, New South Wales, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Leonard Charles Wyon, Engraver (1826-1891)
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Sydney Mint
DateEra: 1861 AD
Denomination: Half Sovereign
Obverse Description: Head of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a wreath of banksia which is plaited, the date 1861 below.; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:
Reverse Description: At centre within a laurel wreath AUSTRALIA under a royal crown; above, SYDNEY MINT; below, HALF SOVEREIGN
Edge Description: milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1861
Shape: Round
Material: Gold
Issued By: HM Queen Victoria, Australia
Mint: Royal Mint, Sydney Branch, 1861
Artist: Leonard Wyon - Royal Mint, London
  1. [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
  2. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.

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