1/2 Sovereign Australia (1788 - 1939) Gold Victoria (1819 - 1901)

Metal:
Issue year(s):
1856

Catalog reference:
  Fr-10a

Mint Date: 1857 1858 1859 1861 1862 1863 1865 1866
Denomination: Gold 1/2 Sovereign
Reference: Friedberg 10a, KM-3 ($425 in VF!). R!
Provenance: Dr. Nelson Page Aspen Collection Sale (Bowers & Marena Inc. August 9-12, 1989).
Material: Gold (.917) .1177 oz AGW
Diameter: 20mm
Weight: 3.85gm

Obverse: Head of the young Queen Victoria left. Date below.
Legend: VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:

Reverse: Crown above inscription (AUSTRALIA). All within wreath.
Legend: SYDNEY MINT – HALF SOVEREIGN

For your attention a nice early-dated gold 1/2 sovereign coin, struck at the sydney mint in Australia.

Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was from 20 June 1837 the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and from 1 May 1876 the first Empress of India until her death. Her reign as Queen lasted 63 years and seven months, longer than that of any other British monarch to date. The period centred on her reign is known as the Victorian era.

Though Victoria ascended the throne at a time when the United Kingdom was already an established constitutional monarchy in which the king or queen held few political powers, she still served as a very important symbolic figure of her time. The Victorian era represented the height of the Industrial Revolution, a period of significant social, economic, and technological progress in the United Kingdom. Victoria’s reign was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire; during this period it reached its zenith, becoming the foremost global power of the time.

Victoria, who was of almost entirely German descent, was the granddaughter of George III and the niece of her predecessor William IV. She arranged marriages for her nine children and forty-two grandchildren across the continent, tying Europe together; this earned her the nickname “the grandmother of Europe”. She was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover; her son King Edward VII belonged to the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Through her mother, she was also a first cousin twice removed of Maria Theresa, Holy Roman Empress.

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Australien. Victoria 1837-1901. 1/2 Sovereign 1862, Sydney. K.M. 3, Friedberg 10 a. GOLD. Schön

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Australien. Victoria 1837-1901. Half Sovereign 1862. K.M. 3, Friedberg 10 a. GOLD. Winzige Randfehler, winzige Kratzer, sehr schön

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Australien. Victoria 1837-1901. 1/2 Sovereign 1864, Sydney. K.M. 3, Friedberg 10 a. GOLD. Sehr schön

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Australien. Victoria 1837-1901. 1/2 Sovereign 1866, Sydney. Friedberg 10a. GOLD. Sehr schön

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G WORLD COINS, AUSTRALIA, Victoria, Gold Half-Sovereign, 1865, Sydney mint, second young head left with wreath of banksia in hair, date below, rev crown and laurel wreath arranged around AUSTRALIA at centre, denomination below, legend above, edge milled, 3.93g (McD 12; Marsh 390). Harshly clean ...

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G WORLD COINS, AUSTRALASIA, AUSTRALIA Victoria, Gold ½-Sovereign, 1858, Sydney mint, second young head left, rev crowned AUSTRALIA within open wreath, SYDNEY MINT above, HALF SOVEREIGN below, 3.93g (F 10a; McD 5; KM 3). Heavily polished, good fine. £300-400
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