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Coin: Sovereign 1871 Shield
Description

A gold coin (22.05 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left with a plain band and fillet in her hair, the date, 1871 below; the artist's initials, W.W., in incuse letters on neck truncation; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA. The reverse features the royal shield of arms, garnished and crowned with the mint mark (S, or none) below the crossing point of the wreath and above the rose; around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:

This is the first year that a branch of the Royal Mint (the Sydney Mint in Australia) struck sovereigns too.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeSovereign (Shield)
Year1871 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage11,581,250 (11.6 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint London No mint mark 8,767,250 (8.8 million)
Sydney Mint Letter S 2,814,000 (2.8 million)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by William Wyon (Young head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)1.5200
Mass (g)7.9881
Obverse

Head of Queen Victoria facing left with a plain band and fillet in her hair, the date, 1871 below; the artist's initials, W.W., in incuse letters on neck truncation; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1871
Reverse

Crowned shield quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4), Scotland (2) and Ireland (3) within a wreath of laurel; around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:; below, a rose, thistle and shamrock united (no die number).

The mint mark (if any) below the crossing point of the wreath and above the rose; around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:

Reverse inscription

BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

Note: the mintage figure is for both the St. George and the Shield reverse minted in this year, as no separate figures are available.

Sovereign 1871 Shield: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
WW Incuse (Sydney Mint) unknown (hover mouse for text)
Proof (Sydney Mint, WW Incuse) unknown
Proof (Royal Mint London, plain edge) unknown
Sovereign 1871 Shield: Photos
Sovereign 1871 Shield: Photo Proof Coin - Sovereign, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1871
Proof Coin - Sovereign, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1871
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Notes: Proof. Royal Mint London.
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Sovereign 1871 Shield: Photo Proof Coin - Sovereign, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1871
Proof Coin - Sovereign, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1871
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof. Royal Mint London.
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Sovereign 1871 Shield: Photo Great Britain 1871 sovereign Fr-387i
Great Britain 1871 sovereign Fr-387i
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Author:
Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Sovereign 1871 Shield: Photo Great Britain 1871 sovereign Fr-387i
Great Britain 1871 sovereign Fr-387i
Copyright: CoinFactsWiki / CC BY-SA
Author:
Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Sovereign 1871 Shield: Photo Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1871
Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1871
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Sydney Mint.
source
Sovereign 1871 Shield: Photo Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1871
Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1871
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Sydney Mint.
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Sovereign 1871 Shield: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 245 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 736.2 (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3853B (Royal Mint London)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 11 (Sydney Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 6 (Sydney Mint)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3855 (Sydney Mint), 3855A (WW incuse)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 118 (Sydney Mint)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS49 (Sydney Mint)
Sovereign 1871 Shield: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint Royal Mint London
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Sydney Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Royal Mint mintage
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Sydney Mint mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Royal Mint London, plain edge), WW Incuse
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties WW Incuse
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Sovereign 1871 Shield: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
Gold Sovereigns: 1871 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield 1871S Incuse ww Victoria Australian Gold Sovereign (young head, date) - Silveragecoins.com
1871S Proof Victoria Australian Gold Sovereign (young head, date) - Silveragecoins.com 1871S Raised ww Victoria Australian Gold Sovereign (young head, date) - Silveragecoins.com
Sovereign 1871 Shield: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Sovereign, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1871, Royal Min Museums Victoria: Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1871
Cruzi's Coins: Gold Sovereigns: 1871 Royal Mint, London Great Britain 1871 sovereign Fr-387i - CoinFactsWiki
Cruzi's Coins: Gold Sovereigns: 1871 Sydney Mint, Australia American Numismatic Society: Gold Sovereign, Sydney
American Numismatic Society: Gold sovereign, London (England) American Numismatic Society: Gold Sovereign, Sydney (N.S.W.), 1871
List of all (148) coins of type: United Kingdom / Sovereign (Pre-Decimal)
Sovereign 1817 Sovereign 1818 Sovereign 1819 Sovereign 1820 Sovereign 1821 Sovereign 1822
Sovereign 1823 Sovereign 1824 Sovereign 1825 St George Sovereign 1825 Shield Sovereign 1826 Sovereign 1827
Sovereign 1828 Sovereign 1829 Sovereign 1830 George IV Sovereign 1830 William IV Sovereign 1831 Sovereign 1832
Sovereign 1833 Sovereign 1835 Sovereign 1836 Sovereign 1837 William IV Sovereign 1837 Victoria Sovereign 1838
Sovereign 1839 Sovereign 1841 Sovereign 1842 Sovereign 1843 Sovereign 1844 Sovereign 1845
Sovereign 1846 Sovereign 1847 Sovereign 1848 Sovereign 1849 Sovereign 1850 Sovereign 1851
Sovereign 1852 Sovereign 1853 Sovereign 1854 Sovereign 1855 Sovereign 1856 Sovereign 1857
Sovereign 1858 Sovereign 1859 Sovereign 1860 Sovereign 1861 Sovereign 1862 Sovereign 1863
Sovereign 1864 Sovereign 1865 Sovereign 1866 Sovereign 1868 Sovereign 1869 Sovereign 1870
Sovereign 1871 Shield Sovereign 1871 St George Sovereign 1872 Shield Sovereign 1872 St George Sovereign 1873 Shield Sovereign 1873 St George
Sovereign 1874 Shield Sovereign 1874 St George Sovereign 1875 Shield Sovereign 1875 St George Sovereign 1876 Shield Sovereign 1876 St George
Sovereign 1877 Shield Sovereign 1877 St George Sovereign 1878 Shield Sovereign 1878 St George Sovereign 1879 Shield Sovereign 1879 St George
Sovereign 1880 Shield Sovereign 1880 St George Sovereign 1881 Shield Sovereign 1881 St George Sovereign 1882 Shield Sovereign 1882 St George
Sovereign 1883 Shield Sovereign 1883 St George Sovereign 1884 Shield Sovereign 1884 St George Sovereign 1885 Shield Sovereign 1885 St George
Sovereign 1886 Shield Sovereign 1886 St George Sovereign 1887 Shield Sovereign 1887 St George, Young head Sovereign 1887 St George, Jubilee head Sovereign 1888
Sovereign 1889 Sovereign 1890 Sovereign 1891 Sovereign 1892 Sovereign 1893 Jubilee head Sovereign 1893 Veiled head
Sovereign 1894 Sovereign 1895 Sovereign 1896 Sovereign 1897 Sovereign 1898 Sovereign 1899
Sovereign 1900 Sovereign 1901 Sovereign 1902 Sovereign 1903 Sovereign 1904 Sovereign 1905
Sovereign 1906 Sovereign 1907 Sovereign 1908 Sovereign 1909 Sovereign 1910 Sovereign 1911
Sovereign 1912 Sovereign 1913 Sovereign 1914 Sovereign 1915 Sovereign 1916 Sovereign 1917
Sovereign 1918 Sovereign 1919 Sovereign 1920 Sovereign 1921 Sovereign 1922 Sovereign 1923
Sovereign 1924 Sovereign 1925 Sovereign 1926 Sovereign 1927 Sovereign 1928 Sovereign 1929
Sovereign 1930 Sovereign 1931 Sovereign 1932 Sovereign 1937 Edward VIII (not released) Sovereign 1937 (Proof only) Sovereign 1953 (not released)
Sovereign 1957 Sovereign 1958 Sovereign 1959 Sovereign 1962 Sovereign 1963 Sovereign 1964
Sovereign 1965 Sovereign 1966 Sovereign 1967 Sovereign 1968