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Information about effigy: Queen Victoria / Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia)

PersonQueen Victoria
Year1857
Description

Leonard Charles Wyon was born in the Royal Mint, London in 1826. His father, William Wyon, was an engraver at the Mint and became Chief Engraver in 1828. While studying at the Merchant Taylor's School in London Leonard was tutored in die engraving by his father and was appointed Second Engraver at the mint in 1843. The position of Chief Engraver ceased with the death of William in 1851. Leonard took over its duties as Resident Engraver and later Modeler and Engraver.

The first sovereign and half-sovereign designs of the Sydney Mint in 1855 were derived from the work of his father, but in 1857 new obverse portraits of Queen Victoria by Leonard Charles Wyon were adopted. These remained in use until 1870 after which the Sydney coins were the same as those of London.

List of 23 coins issued carrying effigy: Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia)
CountryNameYearMintage
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1857 1857 499,000
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1857 1857 537,000
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1858 1858 1,101,500
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1858 1858 483,000
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1859 1859 1,050,500
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1859 1859 341,000
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1860 1860 1,573,500
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1860 1860 156,000
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1861 1861 1,626,000
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1861 1861 186,500
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1862 1862 2,477,500
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1862 1862 210,000
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1863 1863 1,255,500
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1863 1863 150,000
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1864 1864 2,698,500
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1864 1864 141,000
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1865 1865 2,130,500
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1865 1865 62,000
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1866 1866 2,911,000
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1866 1866 154,000
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1867 1867 2,370,000
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1868 1868 2,319,000
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1870 1870 1,220,000