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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.

Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia): Photos

Proof Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author: Naomi Andrzejeski
Notes: Gold.
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List of 23 coins issued carrying effigy: Portrait by Leonard Charles Wyon (Young head with banksia)
CountryNameYearMintageLegend
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1857 1857 499,000 VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1857
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1857 1857 537,000 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D: 1857
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1858 1858 1,101,500 VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1858
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1858 1858 483,000 VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1858
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1859 1859 1,050,500 VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1859
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1859 1859 341,000 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D: 1859
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1860 1860 1,573,500 VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1860
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1860 1860 156,000 VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1860
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1861 1861 1,626,000 VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1861
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1861 1861 186,500 VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1861
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1862 1862 2,477,500 VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1862
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1862 1862 210,000 VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1862
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1863 1863 1,255,500 VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1863
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1863 1863 150,000 VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1863
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1864 1864 2,698,500 VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1864
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1864 1864 141,000 VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D : 1864
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1865 1865 2,130,500 VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1865
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1865 1865 62,000 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D: 1865
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1866 1866 2,911,000 VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1866
New South Wales Australian Half Sovereign 1866 1866 154,000 VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1866
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1867 1867 2,370,000 VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1867
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1868 1868 2,319,000 VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1868
New South Wales Australian Sovereign 1870 1870 1,220,000 VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: 1870