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1897 Victoria Sovereign Melbourne

1897 Victoria Sovereign Melbourne Obverse

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Melbourne mint Old Head Sovereign of Queen Victoria, struck in 1897. The obverse of this coin bears the 'Old Head' portrait of Queen Victoria: the last such effigy to be used on British currency. It's the work of the English sculptor and medallist Sir Thomas Brock. Showing the Queen wearing a long veil that drapes over a tiara, the 'Widowed Head' as it is also known was first seen on Sovereigns in 1893 and would be used through until Victoria's death in 1901. The legend around reads: 'VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·'. The artist's initials appear at the Queen's shoulder. The reverse features Benedetto Pistrucci's classic Saint George and the dragon design, created in 1817 and used perennially on these gold coins down the centuries. The origins of this Sovereign are confirmed by the tiny 'M' to the ground below the dragon. It's one of 4,165,869 Sovereign minted in Melbourne in this year. This Australian branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1872 and struck Sovereigns until 1931. Mintage: 5,130,565. Weight: 7.98 grams. Actual gold weight: 7.31 grams. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. Grade: GVF - Excellent details, usual very minor contact marks for gold, Very Fine, slightly better. References: S 3875, Marsh 157.
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Obverse

Old Head portrait of Queen Victoria, facing left, by Sir Thomas Brock. Legend around reads: 'VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·'.

Reverse

Saint George on horseback, sword pointed at a dragon underfoot. Artist: Benedetto Pistrucci. 'M' for Melbourne to the ground below. Date below that: 1897.

Specification

One of 5,130,565 'full' Sovereigns struck in Melbourne in 1897. Composition: 22 carat (916.7) gold. Weight: 7.98 grams. Actual gold weight: 7.31 grams. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres.

Grade

GVF - Excellent details, usual very minor contact marks for gold, Very Fine, slightly better.

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