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Victoria 1887 Sovereign Dish L3

Victoria (1837-1901), gold Sovereign, 1887, London, Tower Hill Mint, Golden Jubilee style bust facing left, small crown and veil on head, pearl earring and 13 pearl necklace, J.E.B. initials wider apart raised on truncation with hooked J and higher stops, 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, date in exergue, initials B.P to upper right, for engraver Benedetto Pistrucci, edge milled (DISH L3 R5; Marsh 125A; S.3866D). Some surface marks both sides, almost very fine and extremely rare, as further research since the DISH publication has revealed this coin to be as rare as L1 and L2 varieties.

This coin is very similar to variety DISH L2, the difference being that the full stops after the J.E.B. initials are slightly higher. The difference is extremely subtle, but when examined closely it is clear that coins DISH L2 and L3 are clearly from different dies, just as with DISH L1, an extremely rare coin.

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