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Coin - Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1872 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4627

Summary:
Australia Victoria
Sovereign 1872/1 overdate, shield reverse
Mint: Melbourne

Julius Hogarth was employed in 1872 to prepare dies locally in case problems arose with getting dies from London. He also modified unused dies bearing the date 1871 to read 1872 - in this case somewhat unsuccessfully as the original date can still be seen.
Description:
A gold coin (21.5 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a head of Queen Victoria facing left with a plain band and fillet in her hair, the date, 1872 below (the numeral 2 has been entered on the die above a '1"); the artist's initials, W.W., in raised letters on neck truncation; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA. The reverse features the royal shield of arms, garnished and crowned with the mint mark M below the crossing point of the wreath and above the rose; around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 21.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.949 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, gold rushes, overdates
Themes this item is part of: Julius Hogarth, Jeweller & Medal Maker (1820-1879), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Jewellers, Sydney, New South Wales, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), William Wyon, Medallist & Engraver (1795-1851), Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, William Wyon, Medallist (1795-1851), Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Imperial
DateEra: 1872 AD
Denomination: Sovereign
Obverse Description: Head of Queen Victoria facing left with a plain band and fillet in her hair, the date, 1872 below (the numeral 2 has been entered on the die above a '1"); the artist's initials, W.W., in raised letters on neck truncation; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA.
Reverse Description: The royal shield of arms, garnished and crowned with the mint mark M below the crossing point of the wreath and above the rose; around, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1872 W.W.
Reverse: BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF: M
Shape: round
Material: Gold
Issued By: HM Queen Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Melbourne (Mint), Victoria, Australia, 1872
Artist: William Wyon - Royal Mint, London
Artist: Jean Merlen
Artist: Julius Hogarth
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Mr William Mullett - Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, Gold Coinage and Refining at the Melbourne Mint, 1991

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