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Coin: Sovereign 1871 St George
Description

A gold coin (22.05 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a young head of Queen Victoria facing to left, with a plain band and fillet around hair. The mint mark (if any) below; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: The artist's initials W.W. partly visible on the truncation of the neck.

The reverse features St. George on horseback holding short sword, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1871 and the artist's initials B.P.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeSovereign (St George)
Year1871 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage11,581,250 (11.6 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 8,767,250 (8.8 million), Rarity: C (Common)
Sydney Mint Letter S 2,814,000 (2.8 million), Rarity: S (Scarce)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by William Wyon (Young Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.0500 Thickness (mm)1.5200
Mass (g)7.9881
Obverse

Young head of Queen Victoria facing left wearing ribbon (double fillet) in her hair; the hair is collected up into a knot behind; around, the legend VICTORIA DEI GRATIA (Victoria, by the Grace of God).

The designer's initials W.W. (for William Wyon) are raised on the bottom of the neck truncation. On most coins, the bottom of the truncation is very narrow, so that the letters encroach on the field area with part of them missing.

Coins struck by the Royal Mint in London have no mint mark. Coins struck by the Sydney Mint branch have the letter S in the field under the neck truncation.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D:
Reverse

St. George on horseback holding short sword, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest. There is no streamer flowing from St George's helmet (unlike on half sovereigns).

In exergue, the date, 1871 in the middle and the artist's initials B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci) to the right.

Reverse inscription1871
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Note: the mintage figure is for both the St. George and the Shield reverse minted in this year, as no separate figures are available.

Type IIA (Royal Mint London) and IIC (Sydney Mint) by Marsh.

References to additional information:

[Book] Remick, Jerome. The Guide Book and Catalogue to British Commonwealth Coins, Regency Coins and Stamps Ltd, Winnipeg, Canada, 1971, p55
[Book] Marsh, Michael A. The Gold Sovereign. Cambridge Coins, Cambridge, UK, 1980. (2017 ed. pp 47-51)

Sovereign 1871 St George: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof FDC, Plain edge, Small BP (Royal Mint London), M 84D unknown, Rarity: R5 (9 to 14 examples known) (hover mouse for text)
Proof (Sydney Mint), Large BP unknown, Rarity: S (Scarce)
Large BP (Sydney Mint), M 110A unknown (included in main number), Rarity: S (Scarce) (hover mouse for text)
Proof FDC, Milled edge, Large BP (Royal Mint London), M 84B unknown, Rarity: R6 (4 to 8 examples known) (hover mouse for text)
Proof FDC, Plain edge, Large BP (Royal Mint London), M 84C unknown, Rarity: R2 (Very Rare) (hover mouse for text)
Large BP (Royal Mint London), M 84A unknown (included in main number), Rarity: S (Scarce) (hover mouse for text)
Proof FDC, Milled edge, Small BP (Royal Mint London), M 84E unknown, Rarity: R6 (4 to 8 examples known) (hover mouse for text)
Sovereign 1871 St George: Photos
Sovereign 1871 St George: Photo Great Britain 1871 sovereign Fr-388
Great Britain 1871 sovereign Fr-388
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Sovereign 1871 St George: Photo Great Britain 1871 sovereign Fr-388
Great Britain 1871 sovereign Fr-388
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Sovereign 1871 St George: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Marsh, The Gold Sovereign84, 84A, 84B, 84C, 84D, 84E (Royal Mint London)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 247 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 752 (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3856A (Royal Mint London), 3856 (Large BP, London)
Marsh, The Gold Sovereign110, 110A (Sydney Mint)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 15 (Sydney Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 7 (Sydney Mint)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3858A (Sydney Mint), 3858 (Large BP, Sydney)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 143a (Sydney Mint), McD 143 (Large BP)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS16 (Sydney Mint)
Sovereign 1871 St George: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Marsh, The Gold Sovereign 2017 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint Royal Mint London
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Sydney Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Royal Mint mintage
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Sydney Mint mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Sydney Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Large BP (Sydney Mint)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Royal Mint London proofs
Marsh, The Gold Sovereign 2017 Varieties
Sovereign 1871 St George: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
Gold Sovereigns: 1871 Victoria Young Head St George Gold Sovereigns 1871S Victoria Australian Gold Sovereign (young head, mint) - Silveragecoins.com
Sovereign 1871 St George: Some useful external links
Great Britain 1871 sovereign Fr-388 - CoinFactsWiki Victoria 1871 Gold Sovereigns
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Sovereign 1863 Sovereign 1864 Sovereign 1865 Sovereign 1866 Sovereign 1868 Sovereign 1869
Sovereign 1870 Sovereign 1871 Shield Sovereign 1871 St George Sovereign 1872 Shield Sovereign 1872 St George Sovereign 1873 Shield
Sovereign 1873 St George Sovereign 1874 Shield Sovereign 1874 St George Sovereign 1875 Shield Sovereign 1875 St George Sovereign 1876 Shield
Sovereign 1876 St George Sovereign 1877 Shield Sovereign 1877 St George Sovereign 1878 Shield Sovereign 1878 St George Sovereign 1879 Shield
Sovereign 1879 St George Sovereign 1880 Shield Sovereign 1880 St George Sovereign 1881 Shield Sovereign 1881 St George Sovereign 1882 Shield
Sovereign 1882 St George Sovereign 1883 Shield Sovereign 1883 St George Sovereign 1884 Shield Sovereign 1884 St George Sovereign 1885 Shield
Sovereign 1885 St George Sovereign 1886 Shield Sovereign 1886 St George Sovereign 1887 Shield Sovereign 1887 St George, Jubilee head Sovereign 1887 St George, Young head
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