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Australia Victoria Shield Large Head

1880-M  Full Sovereign reverse 1880-M  Full Sovereign obverse

1880-M Full Sovereign

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Victoria Young Head Narrow Truncation Long Tail
Victoria Young Head Narrow Truncation Medium Tail
Reverse Designer:J. B. Merlen Obverse Designer:William Wyon Size:21.5mm Weight:7.99g Edge:Reeded Composition:91.67% Gold
8.33% Copper


Sales History


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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