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Australia Victoria Young Head

1885-M Narrow Truncation Short Tail Full Sovereign reverse 1885-M Narrow Truncation Short Tail Full Sovereign obverse

1885-M Narrow Truncation Short Tail Full Sovereign

Mintage:2,967,143
Figure shared with:
Victoria Shield Small Head
Wide Truncation Short Tail
Reverse Designer:Benedetto Pistrucci Obverse Designer:William Wyon Size:21.5mm Weight:7.99g Edge:Reeded Composition:91.67% Gold
8.33% Copper

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Sales History

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) Long tail (issued from 1871)

Medium tail (issued from 1874) Medium tail (issued from 1874)

Short tail (this issue) 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) Narrow truncation (this issue)

Wide truncation (St George Type V) Wide truncation (St George Type V)
S for Sydney S for Sydney

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