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Victoria 1890-S Sovereign, Sydney mint, first legend DISH S13 R4

Victoria (1837-1901), gold Sovereign, 1890-S, Sydney Mint, Australia, 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, weight 7.98g (DISH S13 R4; Marsh 141; S.3868).Once cleaned with associated surface marks, good fine to almost very fine and very rare.

Mintage estimate 52,160.

The Latin legend translates as "Victoria by the grace of God," on obverse and as "Queen of the Britains, Defender of the Faith" on the reverse.

The use of the first legend obverse as late as 1890 is very unusual and it is estimated that only 2% of the total 1890 Sydney mintage carries this obverse.

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