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GI25701

Victoria 1871-S Sovereign Sydney Mint, shield reverse

Victoria (1837-1901), gold Sovereign, 1871-S, Sydney Mint, Australia, second young filleted head left, W.W. incuse on truncation for engraver William Wyon, date below, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, laurel wreath surrounding, mint mark S in emblems below, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:, edge milled, 8.00g (Bentley 654; McD 118b; Marsh 69; S.3855). Dusky tone with some residual mint lustre, about extremely fine, first year of Sydney mint Shield Sovereign.

Calendar year mintage 2,814,000 (including St George reverse).

The Latin legends translates on obverse as "Victoria by the Grace of God," and on the reverse "Queen of the Britons, Defender of the Faith."

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