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Coin - Gold, London, 1851 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 070788

This coin was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It is a British gold sovereign and minted in London in 1851. It is commonly called a Shield sovereign because of the shape of the Arms on the reverse. From 1872 the Melbourne Mint began to strike coins identical to this with the addition of a tiny 'M' Mint mark. Last Melbourne sovereigns made 1931.

Working in Little Lon.
Alongside the tightly packed cottages, commercial enterprise thrived in little Lon. Shops sold food and 'fancy goods'. Factories and workshops manufactured bellows, furniture, waterproof clothing and ice cream.

In the 1880s grocers flourished, and in the 1890s clothing firms and Chinese cabinet-makers dominated the local manufacturing scene. But Little Lon's most numerous businesses were the myriad hotels and brothels.

It is easy to overlook the 'invisible' work carried out in people's homes. Because such work was rarely documented we rely on things left behind to tell the story. The abundance of lace bobbins dug up at Little Lon hints at a lace-making industry and busy lives otherwise hidden from history.
Gold sovereign from the Sydney mint.(obv) 'VICTORIA D.G. BRITTANIAR REG FD' 1858' with the head of a young Queen Victoria. (rev) 'Sydney mint one soverign Australia', crown and wreath depicted on this side. Coin made of 91.67% gold and 8.33% silver.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 1 mm (Height), 22 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: width = diameter

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, Medal Makers, Sydney, New South Wales, Little Lon, Little Lon Collection, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Trench Unit Number: 26/03/01
Inscriptions: (obv) 'VICTORIA D.G. BRITTANIAR REG F.D. 1858' and Sydney Mint One soverign Australia
Manufacturer: Royal Mint, Sydney Branch, 1858


Anthony Hart Posted on 19 Jul 2013 4:21 PM
Why not show the obverse of the coins also?

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