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Sovereign 1890 Sydney, first legend (DISH S13)
Victoria (1837-1901), gold Sovereign, 1890, Sydney, Australia Mint, Golden Jubilee style bust facing left, small crown and veil on head, pearl earring and 13 pearl necklace, J.E.B. initials raised on truncation with right angled J, initials of engraver J Edgar Boehm, first abbreviated Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D: rev. struck en medaille, St George and dragon right, horse with short tail, broken lance to left on ground-line, tiny WWP under lance, initials of William Wellesley Pole, Master of Mint when design introduced, S mint mark at centre of ground-line, date in exergue, initials B.P to upper right, for engraver Benedetto Pistrucci, edge milled (DISH S13 R4; Marsh 141; S.3868). Light surface marks, softly struck otherwise good very fine and very rare.
Just like with the date 1889, a small number of gold Sovereigns were produced using the old first legend dies for the date 1890, but in even smaller numbers, perhaps no more than one to two percent. In our experience this is a very hard coin to find, especially in higher grades.
Sold as part of the David Iverson Collection on the 130th anniversary of the Jubilee head Sovereign - coin JH22