Queen Victoria 1871 Sydney Young Head Half Sovereign

  • Queen Victoria 1871 Sydney Young Head Half Sovereign
  • Queen Victoria 1871 Sydney Young Head Half Sovereign

A chance to own a genuine artefact from the Australian gold rush, this rare half sovereign coin is certain to excite collectors with its fine grade, featuring:

  • 22 carat (91.67%) pure gold
  • 1871 Imperial sovereign design
  • Queen Victoria Young Head obverse
  • Sydney Mint ‘S’ mintmark
  • Issued during the Australian gold rush
  • ‘Fine’ quality
  • Prestigious display case
  • Certificate of Authenticity
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Queen Victoria 1871 Sydney Young Head Half Sovereign 19G83AAA AUS $ 586.36
US$ 403.18

Product Information

Like all half sovereigns, this 1871 Sydney Mint half sovereign was struck in extremely limited quantities in comparison to the full sovereign. Enhancing its appeal for collectors, the 1871 Sydney release was the first half sovereign to be struck on Australian soil with a reverse design of the British Imperial shield. In addition, it was the first Australian half sovereign to feature William Wyon’s Queen Victoria Young Head obverse design. Issued during Australia’s gold rush when the population quadrupled from 430,000 to 1.7 million, this rare gold coin has a unique connection to the development of the nation.

First-of-its-kind Design

The coin’s reverse design depicts the United Kingdom’s Imperial shield and The Sydney Mint’s traditional ‘S’ mintmark. The obverse portrays the left-facing portrait of Queen Victoria known as the Young Head effigy together with the year-date.

Prestigious Packaging

The coin is housed in a fine timber case and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Grading Specifications:

Gem (or Gem Unc): A coin at the higher end of the mint state spectrum – underpinned by a strong strike, full detail, full lustre, no imperfections.
Choice Uncirculated (Ch Unc): An exceptional example, showing no sign of wear, no imperfections, sharp detail and full mint lustre.
Uncirculated (Unc): An uncirculated or unused coin. The finest possible condition for a circulation-struck coin, defined by full detail, no wear, and original lustre.
Extremely Fine (EF): A clear, sharp, lustrous coin, showing traces of wear on the high points, and light surface marks from circulation. 
Very Fine (VF): Lacking original lustre, and exhibiting some flatness to the designs, and other signs of circulation.
Fine (F): Circulation clearly evident, with general wear and flatness to the designs. 
Very Good (VG): Bereft of any significant detail in the designs – strong evidence of circulation.
Good (g): Use of the prefix ‘good’ (e.g. good Extremely Fine) indicates that the coin is slightly better than the stated grade.
About (a): Use of the prefix ‘about’ (e.g. about Extremely Fine) indicates that the coin is just below the stated grade.


Sovereign Terms:

Numismatics The academic study or collection of objects of currency.
Assay Assessment of a precious metal object to determine quality/purity.
Blank A blank metal discused for the production of coins.
Die A hardened, engraved metallic tool, employed to strike a design onto a blank.
Relief The raised elements of a design upon a coin or medal.
Field The blank area of a coin surrounding a design.
Obverse Main side of a coin, often bearing the monarch’s portrait.
Reverse Opposite side to the obverse, often featuring design, denomination and/or date.
Overdate Modification of the date of a coin die, visible upon the coins.
Legend The inscription of lettering around the edge of a coin.
Mintmark A distinguishing mark indicating the mint of issue.
Type A grouping of certain coins on the basis of similar characteristics.

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