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Coin - Sovereign, Victoria, Australia, 1881 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3179

Summary:
Australia Victoria
Sovereign 1881 M
St George reverse
Mint: Melbourne
Description:
A gold coin (21.5 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a young head of Queen Victoria facing to left, with a plain band and fillet around hair. The mint mark M below; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: The artist's initials W.W. partly visible on the truncation of the neck.The reverse features St. George on horseback holding short sword, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1881 and the artist's initials B.P.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 21.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.962 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: saint george the dragon
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, 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: 1881 AD
Denomination: Sovereign
Obverse Description: Young head of Queen Victoria facing to left, with a plain band and fillet around hair. The mint mark M below; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: The artist's initials W.W. partly visible on the truncation of the neck.
Reverse Description: St. George on horseback holding short sword, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1881 and the artist's initials B.P.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D: M W.W.
Reverse: 1881 B.P.
Shape: round
Material: Gold
Issued By: HM Queen Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: William Wyon - Royal Mint, London
Artist: Benedetto Pistrucci - Royal Mint, London
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Mr William Mullett - Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, Gold Coinage and Refining at the Melbourne Mint, 1991

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