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2005 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign $1 ProofThe eagerly anticipated ninth release of the Royal Australian Mint's Subscription Series honours one of the most celebrated coins, the 1855 Half Sovereign, celebrating 150 years of the Sydney Mint.
The original 1855 Australian half sovereign has become one of the most sought after coins in the world. Whilst 21,000 were minted in 1855 few survived in good condition fuelling demand for one of the most desirable Australian coins in history. With the reproduction of this extremely rare masterpiece, in an exciting new setting, collectors have the chance to own a unique part of Australian history.
Royal Australian Mint designer, Wojciech Pietranik, has incorporated both innovative minting technologies with the classic elements of the famous 1855 Half Sovereign.
The standard image of Her Majesty appears on the obverse of the coin, but in a smaller format and in the upper section of the fine silver outer ring.
Modern technology has enabled the Mint to scan a genuine 1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign coin as well as a restrike using state of the art technology. The reduction punch was then cut directly by the Mint’s recently acquired computer engraving machine. The coin incorporates both frosted and proof finishes. It is made in fine silver (99.9%) with a proof finish to further emphasise the gold plated depiction of the 1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign. The coin is beautifully housed in a display case, with packaging that complements the tone of the coin. The 2005 Subscription Coin comes with a Certificate of Authenticity which details the specifications and final mintage number. A numbered Certificate of Authenticity is included in a booklet giving the history of events that lead up to the striking of this coin.