Australia 1856 Sydney Half Sovereign PCGS F12
Despite being only F12, there are only 40 coins finer in the PCGS population. It’s a difficult date to acquire free of defects. This is simply because they were Australia’s earliest circulation currency. Not many were held by collectors.
This coin is a regular circulating example and differs from the following “Type 2” – as it is called – in the reverse. The reverse of the following coin does not come from the 1853 specimen. It’s not known what reverse die produced the following coin. Despite being counted in the PCGS population report with the normal examples of this date, there are only a dozen odd examples known. The difference is the berry above the letter L in HALF. The Type 2 reverse has no berry. Whereas the coin for sale here has a berry. You can see the type 2 example here: https://topendcoins.com.au/product/australia-1856s-half-sovereign-type-2-reverse-pcgs-g04/
You can check the PCGS certificate of the coin for sale here by clicking on the following link (opens in new tab):