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1884 Melbourne Young Head Half Sovereign Unc (PCGS MS62)

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1884 Melbourne Young Head Half Sovereign Unc (PCGS MS62)

A superb example of this incredibly rare Victorian half sovereign.

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Queen Victoria 1884 HALF SOVEREIGN Melbourne Mint

Obverse:Young Head

Reverse: Coronate shield within wreath mintmark below Cross on top of shield clear from border. 147 denticles

PCGS equal finest for type, PCGS finest for date.

This coin is an exquisite example of Australia's circulating gold coinage from the mid 19th century - it retains razor-sharp detail in Victoria's hairline, the minute details in the inner shields on the reverse are also amazingly clear and distinct.

The pale yellow-gold patina on this coin shimmers regardless of the angle it is viewed from.

This coin is currently the finest example of this date yet graded by PCGS, and is among the finest Australian Young Head half sovereign of any date.

Past Australian auction sales data shows that there has only been one 1884-M half sovereign comparable to this sighted at auction in Australia for at least 15 years - 15 years!!

That coin was in the famed Quartermaster collection - described by many collectors as being the finest collection of Australian gold coins ever formed, and sold in Sydney in June 2009.

The Quartermaster example (lot 264) was also graded UNC, and made a final price of $30,067 against a pre-sale estimate of $27,500.

A higher quality example has not yet been sighted on the open market.

Click the PCGS icon below to verify the certificate details for this coin directly on the PCGS website.

PCGS Certificate Verification 24852398