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HI31251

Victoria 1891 Sovereign, London, short tail DISH L14 = R5, NGC AU58

Victoria (1837-1901), gold Sovereign, 1891, 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 raised on truncation with right angled J, initials of engraver J Edgar Boehm, second abbreviated Latin legend, G: closer to crown, toothed border surrounding, VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D:, rev. struck en medaille, St George and dragon right, horse with short tail, two raised spurs of horse hair in the left incurve of 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 L14 R5; Marsh 129 R5; Bull EGC 1330 R5 S.3866B).Toned with some light wear, has been slabbed and graded by NGC as AU58 and extremely rare.

NGC certification 2116741-012 - though the tail variety not noted at all.

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

A very hard coin to find. Only a tiny fraction of this year's production were produced using a short tail reverse die. The very few examples found now are almost always lower grade.

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