Australia 1880 Sydney Half Sovereign PCGS AU53

  • S-3862D Cross not buried
  • Toothed denticled reverse rim

Finally, a high grade version of this rare half sovereign variant has been acquired. Clear die markings are now available to confirm with other examples of this date that it is a single die variant. This coin is third finest grade for the date and variety. This coin’s colour also suggests that the metal mix is not typical gold & copper – more research required.

The Royal Mint cease producing the type 3 reverse in 1880 as it constantly tinkered with the die to improve half sovereign production. More information can be found in the following article on another single die type – 1882 Melbourne:

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