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Victoria 1890-S Sovereign Sydney Mint, first legend R4 rarity

Victoria (1837-1901), gold Sovereign, 1890, 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, edge milled, weight 7.95g (Bentley 703; DISH S13 R4; Marsh 141; S.3868). Lightly cleaned with some bagmarks, some lustre in peripheries, very fine and very rare.

Calendar year mintage 2,808,000.

The Latin legend translates as ""Victoria by the Grace of God, Queen of the Britons, Defender of the Faith."

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 of the calendar year mintage which was 2,808,000. In our experience this is a very hard coin to find, especially in higher grades.

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