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, 1883 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 (S or M) below the crossing point of the wreath and above the rose; around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:
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 1883.
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).
The mint mark M (for coins minted at the Royal Mint Melbourne branch) or S (for Sydney Mint) is located between the ribbon beneath the shield and the rose.
Note: the mintage figure for the Sydney Mint is for both the St. George and the Shield reverse minted in this year, as no separate figures are available. For the Melbourne Mint, both Remick and Krause make the same statement (giving 2,050,000 and 2,049,999 respectively), but Marsh lists a separate number which we have used here.
Type IC (Melbourne 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
[Book] Marsh, Michael A. The Gold Sovereign. Cambridge Coins, Cambridge, UK, 1980. (2017 ed. pp 27-46)