The Type III 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 II
Shield sovereign by having a smaller 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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