|Coin||Half Sovereign 1885|
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, 1885. 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, 1885.
Obverse 5 by Marsh: it has a lower relief and the largest bust of all varieties of the Young Head portrait. Because of this, the bun in the Queen's hair is clearly inside the legend area. The lower point of the neck truncation is in a similar position and touches the date. Thickening of the rim and toothing is also evident, which (coupled with the larger bust) gives an overall cramped impression.
No designer's initials W.W. at the truncation of the Queen's neck (unlike on full sovereigns).
||VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1885
Crowned and garnished shield quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4), Scotland (2) and Ireland (3); around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:.
Mint mark (if any) below the shield. No die number.
||BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:
Marsh lists Royal Mint London mintage as 4,533,605 and Melbourne Mint mintage as 11,003..
References to additional information:
[Book] Marsh, Michael A. The Gold Half Sovereign. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Coins, 1982. pp. 13-40.