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Australia Victoria Shield Small Head

1886-S  Full Sovereign reverse 1886-S  Full Sovereign obverse

1886-S Full Sovereign

Figure shared with:
Victoria Young Head Wide Truncation Short 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 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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