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Half-Sovereign - 1855 to 1887 - Price Guide

By the mid-1850's the Government decided that it was about time that an official mint should be set up to convert the plentiful gold stocks into coins of the realm. Adelaide and Melbourne both petitioned for the honour of establishing a mint, but the royal decree went to Sydney.

The first Sydney Mint sovereigns were unique in the history of the British Empire. In a situation which has not been repeated since, the coins carried a design which was completely different from that of the standard British issue. Even so, the dies for both the sovereign and half sovereign were slapped together in a half-hearted way by the authorities in London.

Although mintage figures seem high in some years, these coins are scarce especially in better grade. This situation was made worse by the short run of Sydney Mint gold coins. Production of the half sovereigns halted in 1866 and the British Treasury revoked its approval to mint any further Sydney Mint coins in 1871.

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Variety G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 EF-40 AU-50
1855 -£8,600£14,000£25,000£38,500£76,900
1856 - No dot -£215£899£2,000£20,000£32,000
1856 - Dot -£215£321£1,110£2,960£7,300
1857 -£215£215£215£550£2,900
1858 -£215£215£215£550£2,900
1858 - Sovrreign --£5,900£9,000--
1859 -£215£217£230£949£4,700
1859 - 9/8 ---£215£1,160£6,300
1860 -£220£320£659£1,870£8,700
1860 - 6/5 --£300£639£1,880£11,200
1861 -£215£215£237£550£2,690
1861 - 1/0 ---£3,400£5,600£11,600
1862 -£215£215£220£959£3,940
1863 -£215£215£220£1,020£4,450
1864 - Arabic 1 -£215£215£215£839£4,350
1864 - Roman 1 --£1,900£3,200£5,300£11,800
1865 -£215£215£315£929£3,490
1866 -£215£215£274£799£2,770
1871 --£215£215£239£1,110
1872 --£215£215£235£1,090
1873 --£215£215£282£919
1875 --£215£215£260£1,940
1877 - Narrow Ribbon --£215£215£360£1,210
1877 - Wide Ribbon --£215£215£375£2,400
1879 --£215£215£360£1,530
1880 - Cross Buried --£215£215£305£1,590
1880 - Cross not Buried --£215£225£525£3,840
1881 - Sydney - Cross Buried -£215£215£215£370£1,640
1881 - Sydney - Cross not Buried -£215£215£220£719£5,400
1881 - Melbourne -£215£215£305£706£5,500
1882 - Sydney -£215£215£275£620£4,750
1882 - Melbourne - Near G -£215£215£215£215£1,960
1882 - Melbourne - Far G -£215£215£215£215£410
1883 - Sydney - Cross Buried --£215£215£215£656
1883 - Sydney - Cross not Buried --£215£215£345£2,460
1884 --£215£215£315£3,000
1885 --£240£326£679£3,300
1886 - Sydney --£215£215£215£840
1886 - Melbourne --£215£225£706£4,350
1887 - Young head - Sydney --£215£215£215£685
1887 - Jubilee head - Sydney - SS JEB ---£215£215£360
1887 - Jubilee head - Sydney - Normal JEB ---£215£215£335
1887 - Jubilee head - Sydney - Close JEB ---£215£215£355
1887 - Young head - Melbourne --£215£275£1,380£5,900
1887 - Jubilee head - Melbourne - SS JEB ---£215£215£338
1887 - Jubilee head - Melbourne - Normal JEB ---£215£215£480
1887 - Jubilee head - Melbourne - Close JEB ---£215£215£385
Variety MS-60 MS-62 MS-63 MS-64 MS-65 MS-66 MS-67
1855 £184,400------
1856 - No dot £53,600£60,000-----
1856 - Dot £20,600£30,000-----
1857 £5,200£9,000£12,200£15,400£18,800--
1858 £6,400£13,400£16,900£20,400£33,000--
1858 - Sovrreign -------
1859 £10,400£16,800£23,200£29,600£46,000--
1859 - 9/8 £23,200£26,800£36,400£46,000£55,000--
1860 £21,300£26,600£32,800£39,000£57,000--
1860 - 6/5 £27,500£35,200£40,600£46,000£59,000--
1861 £8,300£15,100£19,300£23,500£41,500--
1861 - 1/0 £25,700£32,000-----
1862 £10,100£16,200£21,200£26,200£45,000--
1863 £10,100£15,500£20,000£24,600£43,000--
1864 - Arabic 1 £9,900£15,200£19,600£24,100£42,500--
1864 - Roman 1 £25,700------
1865 £13,000£19,900£25,700£31,600£48,400--
1866 £12,300£14,900£17,500£31,800£50,000--
1871 £6,500£10,900£11,400£16,600£20,300--
1872 £6,800£12,000£14,800£17,600£21,300--
1873 £7,400£12,900£16,600£20,400£24,300--
1875 £7,300£9,900£16,300£20,000£23,900--
1877 - Narrow Ribbon £7,500£12,800£16,400£20,000£23,900--
1877 - Wide Ribbon £7,900£13,800£17,400£21,000£23,800--
1879 £6,400£11,600£14,800£18,000£21,500--
1880 - Cross Buried £7,400£14,600£17,500£20,400£23,700--
1880 - Cross not Buried £9,200£15,600£19,200£22,900£26,400--
1881 - Sydney - Cross Buried £7,600£14,000£17,400£20,900£24,400--
1881 - Sydney - Cross not Buried £12,700£22,400£26,900----
1881 - Melbourne £12,700£18,800£22,900£27,000£31,000--
1882 - Sydney £11,600£14,700£17,800£27,000£31,000--
1882 - Melbourne - Near G £5,700£11,100£13,200£15,400£18,300--
1882 - Melbourne - Far G £3,580£7,500£9,300£11,200£13,300--
1883 - Sydney - Cross Buried £3,300£7,400£9,100£10,900£13,300--
1883 - Sydney - Cross not Buried £7,400£12,600£12,900£19,700£23,400--
1884 £8,800£11,100£16,600£18,800£22,100--
1885 £7,200£13,200£16,800£20,400£24,000--
1886 - Sydney £4,300£8,300£10,700£13,200£16,700--
1886 - Melbourne £10,500£16,000£19,600£23,200£28,200--
1887 - Young head - Sydney £3,460£7,400£9,200£11,000£13,700--
1887 - Jubilee head - Sydney - SS JEB £905£1,800£2,420£3,050£4,120--
1887 - Jubilee head - Sydney - Normal JEB £771£1,600£2,120£2,650£3,470--
1887 - Jubilee head - Sydney - Close JEB £816£1,700£2,300£2,900£3,750--
1887 - Young head - Melbourne £16,500£21,200£27,300£33,400£41,700--
1887 - Jubilee head - Melbourne - SS JEB £838£1,750£2,400£3,050£3,920--
1887 - Jubilee head - Melbourne - Normal JEB £1,670£2,900£3,770£4,650£5,600--
1887 - Jubilee head - Melbourne - Close JEB £872£1,800£2,470£3,150£4,020--

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