The Perth Mint is aiming to heighten interest in half sovereigns with a stunning commemorative that will be available for an extremely short time.
Circulating half sovereign gold coins were produced in Australia between 1855 and 1918.
Worth half a pound sterling (ten shillings), they were initially struck at the Sydney Mint with a ‘colonial’ design unique to New South Wales. Later, these coins were manufactured with Imperial designs at all three Australian branch mints in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
Delicate coins, they proved “a great bother to make” according to Deputy Master Corbet in Perth, who nevertheless struck 735,000 ‘P’ half sovereigns to impeccable standards for issue between 1900 and 1920.
Featuring a stunning proof quality finish, this is the first commemorative Australia Half Sovereign ever produced by The Perth Mint. With a design inspired by the Sydney Mint’s original half sovereign, it’s made from 22-carat gold, the traditional purity of all sovereign coins since 1817. Issued as Australian legal tender, it has face value of 15 dollars.
Available for a short time only
An extremely limited number of 2015 Australia Half Sovereign gold proof coins are available from The Perth Mint until 8.00am on Friday 17th July AWST. No further coins will be offered should this allocation run out before the strict deadline date when any remaining stock will be withdrawn.