A gold coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a young head of Queen Victoria facing left, hair filleted; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, below, 1874. On the reverse, a garnished shield, crowned and lined, around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID:DEF:.
Young head of Queen Victoria facing left, hair filleted; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, below, 1874.
Obverse 3 by Marsh (1872 - 1877): The bust is slightly larger than on earlier coins, the lower point of the truncation of the Queen's neck projects well into the legend and date area, and the front ribbon on the top of the head is still wider than the others.
No designer's initials W.W. at the truncation of the Queen's neck (unlike on full sovereigns).
Crowned and garnished shield quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4), Scotland (2) and Ireland (3); around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:.
A small dot is shown just above the centre of the crossed lines that divide the Ensigns Armorial (unlike coins before 1859).
Below the shield is the die number (no mint marks this year, all coins minted at the Royal Mint in London).
Known die numbers (as per Marsh 1982): 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 31, 33, 38, 41, 44, 45, 47, 50, 54, 66, 68, 74, 212, 338, 341, 342.
Marsh lists mintage of 1,883,872.
References to additional information:
[Book] Marsh, Michael A. The Gold Half Sovereign. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Coins, 1982. pp. 13-40.