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Coin: Sovereign 1887 Shield

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 (S or M) below; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: The artist's initials W.W. are 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, 1887 and the artist's initials B.P.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeSovereign (Shield)
Year1887 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage2,915,000 (2.9 million)
NameMint markMintage
Melbourne Mint Letter M 1,915,000 (1.9 million), Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Sydney Mint Letter S 1,000,000 (1.0 million), Rarity: S (Scarce)
Royal Mint London No mint mark unknown, Rarity: R6 (4 to 8 examples known)
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

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 1887.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1887

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. A small number of proofs exist, minted by the Royal Mint in London with no mint mark (and no die number either).

Reverse inscriptionBRITANNIARUM REGINA FID : DEF :
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone

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 IB (Royal Mint), 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)

Sovereign 1887 Shield: Known varieties
Proof (Sydney Mint) unknown
Proof (Melbourne Mint) unknown
Sovereign 1887 Shield: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Marsh, The Gold Sovereign58D (London), 83 (Sydney), 68 (Melbourne)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 11 (Sydney Mint) and 12 (Melbourne Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 7
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3855B (Sydney Mint) and 3854A (Melbourne Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 141 (Sydney Mint) and McD 142 (Melbourne Mint)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS80 (Sydney Mint) and S81 (Melbourne Mint)
Sovereign 1887 Shield: References to Information Used
Marsh, The Gold Sovereign 2017 Coin description
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint
Marsh, The Gold Sovereign Mint Royal Mint London
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint mintage
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Proof (Sydney Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof (Melbourne Mint)
Sovereign 1887 Shield: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
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Sovereign 1887 Shield: Some useful external links
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