Proof 1/2 Dollar, Issued by Hong Kong, 1866
Minted by Royal Mint, London

Supplied to the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint for their display at the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880. It is believed the proofs were struck in London (where the dies were made), while the working strikes were from the Hong Kong Mint. This coin was also exhibited at the 1888 Melbourne International Exhibition.

Obverse Description

Diademed head of Queen Victoria, neck bare, facing left; around within a scroll border of key pattern, above, VICTORIA; below, QUEEN

Reverse Description

At centre a Chinese labyrinth pattern; around within individual compartments four Chinese characters; around, HALF DOLLAR HONG KONG 1866; around all, a key pattern border

Edge Description



It was hoped that coins like these would be adopted for circulation in China but this did not happen. Die axis set differently to the Sydney Mint example - NU 12989

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