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1876 Queen Victoria Gold Full Sovereign Young Head St George Sydney Mint Australia

1876 Queen Victoria Gold Full Sovereign Young Head St George Sydney Mint Australia Reverse

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Buy a 1876 Queen Victoria Gold Full Sovereign Young Head St George Sydney Mint Australia

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Victorian St George gold Sovereign struck at Sydney in 1876. Obverse: Young Head portrait of Queen Victoria by William Wyon, facing left, her hair drawn back with two bands. Raised 'WW' initials to truncation of the Queen's neck, encroaching somewhat on the field, the bottom third missing, as is typical of these issues. Legend reads: 'VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:'. 'S' below portrait for Sydney mint. Reverse: Saint George wearing cape and helmet, mounted on a rearing horse, his sword pointed at a dragon below his horses' hooves. Date below with 'B. P' initials to right. This historic design was reintroduced to British and branch mint Sovereigns in 1871, initially being struck alongside gold coins bearing the shield design, used through the early part of Victoria's reign. Only St George 'full' Sovereigns were struck at Sydney in 1876, however. The Sydney Mint was the first branch of The Royal Mint established outside England, taking advantage of the rush of unrefined gold into New South Wales. The first Sovereigns were struck for circulation in the colony in 1856 with production continuing until 1926. Annual mintage for 1876 at the Sydney mint: 1,613,000. Weight: 7.98 grams. Composition: 22 carat / 91.67% gold. Actual gold weight: 7.31 grams or 0.2354 troy ounces. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. Edge: milled. Grade: VF - Usual minor scratches and contact marks for gold. References: Marsh 115, S 3858A.
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First or young head of Queen Victoria with hair bound with a double fillet, facing left. 'S' below for Sydney, Australia. 'WW' on truncation for engraver, William Wyon. Legend: 'VICTORIA D : G : BRITANNIAR : REG : F : D :'.


Saint George on horseback, armed with a sword, dragon under foot. Date in exergue with 'B.P.' to right for engraver Benedetto Pistrucci.


Branch mint 'full' Sovereign, struck in 7.98 grams of 916.7 gold. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. Edge: receded. Mintage: 1,613,000.


VF - Usual minor scratches and contact marks for gold.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sydney Sovereigns minted in 1876 are regarded as scarce by coin experts. Just 1,613,000 were produced in this year at this Australian branch mint. These coins can be identified by an 'S' in the field below the portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse.

1,613,000 'full' Sovereigns were struck at the Sydney, Australia branch of The Royal Mint in 1876. These coins feature a tiny 'S' below the portrait of Queen Victoria and a design inspired by St George and the dragon on the reverse.


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