Australia Sovereign and Half Sovereign  1893 to 1901
Australia Sovereign and Half Sovereign 1893 to 1901

To qualify as an Australian coin, and not a sovereign or half sovereign from Great Britain, an S=Sydney, M=Melbourne, or P=Perth mint mark must appear on the dragonslayer side just above the date. The mint marks are difficult to see, so check closely. If your coin does not have an S, M, or P, click to this CoinQuest link for evaluation.

The half sovereigns from Australia are generally worth more than their counterparts from Great Britain; the sovereigs are about the same. As with all gold coins, the minimum they can be worth is their base value (BV), or the current price of the gold they contain.

HALF SOVEREIGN: 19 mm diameter, 0.1177 troy ounces gold
SOVEREIGN: 22 mm diameter, 0.2353 troy ounces gold

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For *common date* Aussie coins, figure these as approximate catalog values:

worn: BV
average circulated: BV + $100 US dollars
well preserved: BV + $400
fully uncirculated: BV + $3000

worn: BV
average circulated: BV
well preserved: BV + $50
fully uncirculated: BV + $100

There are two *better date* coins in these series.

1893M: $10000 in well preserved condition

1899P: $1000 in well preserved condition

There are also valuable proof coins in this series, but we do not cover proofs here on CoinQuest. If you think you may have a proof coin, consult a knowledgeable collector or dealer.

Coin: 13202 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Richard, Thu, 06-Dec-2012 17:27:38 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 07-Dec-2012 04:33:12 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 03-Dec-2017 00:57:42 GMT
Requester description: 1897 veiled Queem Victoria with St George on the obverse inscription: VICTORIA DEI GRA BRITT REGINA FID DEE IND IMP
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