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CI04962

Victoria 1888 S Sovereign DISH S7 R4

Victoria (1837-1901), gold Sovereign, 1888, 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 hooked 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, weight 7.98g (DISH S7 R3; Marsh 139; S.3868A). Light surface marks both sides, toned a pleasing very fine and extremely rare.

Ongoing research and investigation since the publication of "The Jubilee Head Gold Sovereign 1887-1893" has revealed that of the six obverse Jubilee head dies with individual hooked J and with the J.E.B. initials punched on by hand and sent to Sydney in 1887; only five have ever been identified coupled with an 1887 reverse die. This 1888 Sydney coin has a small spread hooked J type J.E.B. initials that is different again to all the five individual 1887 variations. From the detailed research carried out by David Iverson at the Mint and from what has been examined in practice, we can safely conclude that only five dies were used with an 1887 reverse and for some reason the sixth one was only used later with an 1888 reverse.

Provenance:

Ex David Iverson Duplicate Collection.

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