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Australia Victoria Shield Small Head

1885-M Proof Full Sovereign reverse 1885-M Proof Full Sovereign obverse

1885-M Proof 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


Sales History


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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