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Coin: Sovereign 1873 Shield
Description

A gold coin (22.05 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left with a plain band and fillet in her hair, the date, 1873 below; the artist's initials, W.W., on neck truncation; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA.

The reverse features the royal shield of arms, garnished and crowned with the mint mark (if any) below the crossing point of the wreath and above the rose; around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeSovereign (Shield)
Year1873 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage3,846,215 (3.8 million) RarityN (Normal)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 2,368,215 (2.4 million), Rarity: N (Normal)
Sydney Mint Letter S 1,478,000 (1.5 million), Rarity: S (Scarce)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
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 in relief on the neck truncation.

In the field below the neck truncation, the date 1873.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1873
Reverse

The Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom within a plain shield quartered with the arms of England (1 & 4), Scotland (2) and Ireland (3), surmounted by a crown. A branch of laurel is shown on each side of the shield, tied at the bottom by a ribbon. At the bottom, the Thistle, Rose and Shamrock (symbols of Scotland, England and Ireland respectively) are placed with a small flower stop on each side.

Around, the rest of the monarch's legend (continuing from the obverse): BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF: (Queen of the Britains, Defender of the Faith).

A die number (for coins minted in London) or the mint mark S (for coins minted at the Royal Mint Sydney branch) is located between the ribbon beneath the shield and the rose.

Known die numbers (as per Marsh 2017): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 31, 36, 103, 107 (17, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 104 not confirmed).

Reverse inscriptionBRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:
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.

The Melbourne Mint minted only St. George reverse sovereigns this year. Earlier editions of Krause catalogues listed a Melbourne shield sovereign with mintage of 3 (three), not attested elsewhere.

Type IB (Royal Mint) or ID (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, p258
[Book] Marsh, Michael A. The Gold Sovereign. Cambridge Coins, Cambridge, UK, 1980. (2017 ed. pp 27-46)

Sovereign 1873 Shield: Photos
Sovereign 1873 Shield: Photo Great Britain 1873 sovereign Fr-387i
Great Britain 1873 sovereign Fr-387i
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Notes: Royal Mint London. Die number 13.
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Sovereign 1873 Shield: Photo Great Britain 1873 sovereign Fr-387i
Great Britain 1873 sovereign Fr-387i
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Sovereign 1873 Shield: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Marsh, The Gold Sovereign57 (Royal Mint London), 71 (Sydney Mint)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 245 (London), Australia 11 (Sydney)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3853B (Royal Mint London), 3855 (Sydney Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 736.2 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 6 (Sydney Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 121 (Sydney Mint)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS52 (Sydney Mint)
Sovereign 1873 Shield: 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
Sovereign 1873 Shield: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
Gold Sovereigns: 1873 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield 1873S Victoria Australian Gold Sovereign (young head, date) - Silveragecoins.com
Sovereign 1873 Shield: Some useful external links
Great Britain 1873 sovereign Fr-387i - CoinFactsWiki Victoria 1873 Gold Sovereigns
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