Australia New South Wales Sydney
Half Sovereign, 1855 Second Type Pattern
Other Details: Felton Bequest Funds
1855 was the first year that the Sydney Branch of the Royal Mint struck coins. This pattern was prepared that year at the Royal Mint in London with the obverse design that was introduced at Sydney in 1857.
A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a wreath of banksia with the date 1855 below. The reverse features the word AUSTRALIA below a royal crown within a wreath of laurel and with the words SYDNEY MINT above and HALF SOVEREIGN below.
Head of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing a wreath of banksia around hair, which is plaited; the date 1855 below.; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:
At centre within a laurel wreath AUSTRALIA under a royal crown; above, SYDNEY MINT; below, HALF SOVEREIGN
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Obverse: VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1855 Reverse: SYDNEY MINT AUSTRALIA HALF SOVEREIGN
Type of item
19 mm (Outside Diameter), 3.991 g (Weight)