|Coin||Half Sovereign 1887 Young head|
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, 1887. 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, 1887.
No designer's initials W.W. at the truncation of the Queen's neck (unlike on full sovereigns).
||VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1887
Crowned and garnished shield quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4), Scotland (2) and Ireland (3); around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:.
Mint mark (S for Sydney Mint or M for Melbourne Mint) below the shield. No die number.
||BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF: 1887
Mintage figures for the Melbourne Mint and the Sydney Mint are totals for "Young Head" and "Jubilee Head" half sovereigns minted in 1887 in these mints; the mint reports do not distinguish mintage between these types.
References to additional information:
[Book] Marsh, Michael A. The Gold Half Sovereign. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Coins, 1982. pp. 13-40.