The Sydney mint reverted to the Imperial St George and Shield designs in 1871 with the Shield
design intended for export to other colonies. The forth reverse design features a short length
tail as opposed to the long tail used since 1871 and the medium tail used since 1874 as in the illustration below:
Long tail (issued from 1871)
Medium tail (issued from 1874)
Short tail (this issue)
This type differs from the Type V St Georgereversedesign by having a narrow truncation at the base of the bust of her
Majesty Queen Victoria.
Narrow truncation (this issue)
Wide truncation (St George Type V)
S for Sydney
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