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Australia Victoria Shield Large Head

1879-S Specimen Full Sovereign reverse 1879-S Specimen Full Sovereign obverse

1879-S Specimen Full Sovereign

Mintage:Unknown Reverse Designer:J. B. Merlen Obverse Designer:William Wyon Size:21.5mm Weight:7.99g Edge:Reeded Composition:91.67% Gold
8.33% Copper

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The Type II Shield sovereign features the Imperial shield design on the reverse paired with William Wyon's portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse. It differs from the Type I Shield sovereign by the designer's initials, WW appearing raised within the truncation beneath the bust.

It differs from the Type III Shield sovereign by having a larger bust. A key identification point is illustrated below.

The mint of this issue can be identified by a mintmark beneath the shield on the reverse as shown in the illustrations below:

The absence of a mintmark or the presence of a die number indicates a London mint issue.

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