Sovereign 1888, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Sovereign 1888, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1971)
CoinSovereign 1888

A gold coin (22.05 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring the Jubilee bust of Queen Victoria wearing imperial crown and facing left, a long veil falls behind the head, the bust is draped and decorated with the Star of the Garter, and also the badge of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D: , the artist's initials J.E.B. below the shoulder.

The reverse features St. George on horseback holding a short sword in his right hand, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1888 and the artist's initials B.P.; the mint mark (if any) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

MintMint markTotal Mintage
Melbourne Mint Letter M 2,830,000 (2.8 million)
Royal Mint London No mint mark 2,277,424 (2.3 million)
Sydney Mint Letter S 2,187,000 (2.2 million)
Obverse
United Kingdom / Sovereign 1888 - obverse photo

Jubilee bust of Queen Victoria wearing imperial crown and facing left, a long veil falls behind the head, the bust is draped and decorated with the Star of the Garter, and also the badge of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D: , the artist's initials J.E.B. below the shoulder.

Obverse Inscription VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D :
Reverse
United Kingdom / Sovereign 1888 - reverse photo

St. George on horseback holding a short sword in his right hand, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1888 and the artist's initials B.P.; the mint mark (if any) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse Inscription 1888
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The "ordinary" Royal Mint London sovereigns for 1888 are taken to be of the type listed in Spink as 3866B (D; G: in legend closer to crown).

The "ordinary" Sydney Mint coins are taken to be Spink 3868B / McD 176c, described by Spink as "Legend 2: repositioned legend, the G: of D: G: is now nearer to the crown. Normal JEB (angled J) initials at base of neck truncation".

The "ordinary" Melbourne Mint coins are taken to be Spink 3867B / McD 177b, described by Spink as "Legend 2: repositioned legend, the G: of D: G: is now nearer to the crown. Normal JEB (angled J) initials at base of neck truncation".

Spink also notes in a footnote: "Beware recent forgeries".

Sovereign 1888: Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC (Melbourne Mint)
Mintage Issued: unknown. Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Details

As McD 177 / S-3867B.

Variety Normal JEB (Melbourne Mint) McD 177
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

Legend 1, Normal JEB. McD 177.

Variety Normal IEB (Melbourne Mint) S-3867A (?)
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total). Rarity: R6 (4 to 8 examples known)
Details

Legend 1, Normal IEB (called "angled J" in Spink). According to McDonald, 5 examples are known. McD 177a, S-3867A.

(McD 177a may not be the same as S-3867B though?)

Notes

Prices drastically different in McDonald and Spink. Needs to be sorted out.

Variety Small spaced JEB (Sydney Mint) S-3868A
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

Legend 1, Small spaced JEB. McD 176, S-3868A.

Variety Normal JEB (Sydney Mint) S-3868 (?)
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

Legend 1, Normal JEB (hooked J). McD 176a, S-3868.

(McD 176a may not be the same as S-3868 though?)

Notes

The descriptions seem to match but the prices are drastically different, needs to be looked into.

Variety Normal IEB (Sydney Mint) McD 176b
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

Legend 1, Normal IEB (called "angled J" in Spink). McD 176b.

Variety Old positioning of legend (Royal Mint London) S-3866
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

Spink 3866.

Sovereign 1888: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint Royal Mint London
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Royal Mint mintage
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Melbourne Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties McD varieties
Showing 100 from a total of 148 coins of type: Sovereign (Pre-Decimal)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Sovereign 1817 3,235,239 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: 1817
Sovereign 1818 2,347,230 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: 1818
Sovereign 1819 3,574 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: 1819
Sovereign 1820 931,994 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: 1820
Sovereign 1821 9,405,114 King George IV - Laureate Head GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1822 5,356,787 King George IV - Laureate Head GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1823 616,770 King George IV - Laureate Head GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1824 St George 3,767,904 King George IV - Laureate Head GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1824 Shield (Pattern) unknown King George IV - Bare Head GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1824
Sovereign 1825 St George 4,200,343 King George IV - Laureate Head GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1825 Shield 4,200,343 King George IV - Bare Head GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1825
Sovereign 1826 5,724,196 King George IV - Bare Head GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1826
Sovereign 1827 2,266,629 King George IV - Bare Head GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1827
Sovereign 1828 386,182 King George IV - Bare Head GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1828
Sovereign 1829 2,444,652 King George IV - Bare Head GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1829
Sovereign 1830 George IV 2,387,881 King George IV - Bare Head GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1830
Sovereign 1830 William IV unknown King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1831 598,697 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1832 3,737,065 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1833 1,225,269 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1835 723,441 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1836 1,714,349 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1837 William IV 1,172,984 King William IV - Bare Head GULIELMUS IIII BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Sovereign 1837 Victoria unknown Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1837
Sovereign 1838 2,718,694 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1838
Sovereign 1839 503,695 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1839
Sovereign 1841 124,054 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1841
Sovereign 1842 4,865,375 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1842
Sovereign 1843 5,981,968 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1843
Sovereign 1844 3,000,445 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1844
Sovereign 1845 3,800,845 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1845
Sovereign 1846 3,802,947 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1846
Sovereign 1847 4,667,126 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1847
Sovereign 1848 2,246,701 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1848
Sovereign 1849 1,755,399 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1849
Sovereign 1850 1,402,039 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1850
Sovereign 1851 4,013,624 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1851
Sovereign 1852 8,053,435 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1852
Sovereign 1853 10,597,993 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1853
Sovereign 1854 3,589,611 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1854
Sovereign 1855 8,448,482 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1855
Sovereign 1856 4,806,160 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1856
Sovereign 1857 4,495,748 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1857
Sovereign 1858 803,234 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1858
Sovereign 1859 1,715,142 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1859
Sovereign 1860 2,555,958 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1860
Sovereign 1861 7,624,736 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1861
Sovereign 1862 7,836,413 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1862
Sovereign 1863 5,921,669 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1863
Sovereign 1864 8,656,352 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1864
Sovereign 1865 1,450,238 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1865
Sovereign 1866 4,047,288 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1866
Sovereign 1868 1,653,384 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1868
Sovereign 1869 6,441,322 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1869
Sovereign 1870 2,189,960 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1870
Sovereign 1871 Shield 11,581,250 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1871
Sovereign 1871 St George 11,581,250 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D:
Sovereign 1872 Shield 16,049,708 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1872
Sovereign 1872 St George 16,049,708 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D
Sovereign 1873 Shield 3,846,215 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1873
Sovereign 1873 St George 4,598,215 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1874 Shield 1,893,713 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1874
Sovereign 1874 St George 3,792,713 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1875 Shield 2,122,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1875
Sovereign 1875 St George 4,010,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1876 St George 7,055,866 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1877 Shield 1,590,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1877
Sovereign 1877 St George 1,487,002 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1878 Shield 1,259,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1878
Sovereign 1878 St George 3,262,275 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1879 Shield 1,366,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1879
Sovereign 1879 St George 4,126,013 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1880 Shield 4,511,800 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1880
Sovereign 1880 St George 8,161,880 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1881 Shield 3,684,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1881
Sovereign 1881 St George 3,684,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1882 Shield 3,764,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1882
Sovereign 1882 St George 3,764,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1883 Shield 1,535,450 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1883
Sovereign 1883 St George 3,158,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1884 Shield 4,537,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1884
Sovereign 1884 St George 6,306,635 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1885 Shield 4,442,500 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1885
Sovereign 1885 St George 5,160,223 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1886 Shield 4,568,500 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1886
Sovereign 1886 St George 4,568,500 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1887 Shield 2,915,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1887
Sovereign 1887 St George, Young head 2,915,000 Queen Victoria - Young Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1887 St George, Jubilee head 3,054,077 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1888 7,294,424 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D :
Sovereign 1889 13,251,455 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D
Sovereign 1890 11,811,424 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D
Sovereign 1891 11,675,068 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D
Sovereign 1892 13,430,470 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D
Sovereign 1893 Jubilee head 3,147,352 Queen Victoria - Jubilee Head VICTORIA D : G : BRITT : REG : F : D
Sovereign 1893 Veiled head 10,159,433 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP .
Sovereign 1894 11,016,485 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1895 9,209,186 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1896 10,334,997 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
Sovereign 1897 7,662,565 Queen Victoria - Veiled Head VICTORIA DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP
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Sovereign 1888: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeSovereign (St George)
Issued1888
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyQueen Victoria - Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee Head)
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Total Mintage7,294,424 (7.3 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1971
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size22.050 mm
Thickness1.520 mm
Mass7.988 g
OCC IDJPMV-REAP-CAYL-ONQG
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Sovereign 1888: Photos
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Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1888
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Notes: Sydney Mint.
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Coin - Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1888
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Notes: Sydney Mint.
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Australia 1888-M sovereign
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Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Australia 1888-M sovereign
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Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Sovereign 1888: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 250 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 767 (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3866B (Royal Mint London)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 19 (Sydney Mint) and 20 (Melbourne Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 10 (Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3868B, 3868, 3868A (Sydney Mint)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3867B, 3867A (Melbourne Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 176c, 176, 176a, 176b (Sydney Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 177b, 177, 177a (Melbourne Mint)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesS84 (Sydney Mint) and S85 (Melbourne Mint)