This 1897 Queen Victoria veiled head sovereign struck in 22 carat gold was minted in Melbourne, Australia. This circulated gold coin features the iconic St George and the Dragon reverse by Benedetto Pistrucci.
This portrait is also known as the Old Head.
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In 1897, sovereigns were minted by the Royal Mint overseas branches in Sydney and Melbourne mints in Australia. No London or Perth mint sovereigns exist for this date. A total of 7,662,565 gold sovereigns were struck for circulation in 1897, the Melbourne mint issued 5,130,565.
The coin features the veiled head portrait of Queen Victoria and the inscription VICTORIA·DEI·GRA·BRITT·REGINA·FID·IND·IMP. This was designed by the engraver, Sir Thomas Brock KCB RA. Brock also designed the Victoria memorial, which can be found outside Buckingham Palace.
The reverse of this 1897 British sovereign features the St George and the Dragon engraving by Benedetto Pistrucci. The 'M' for Melbourne mint mark can be found on the ground below the dragon.
|Alloy||22 carat gold|
|Actual Gold Weight||0.2354 Troy oz|
|Obverse Designer||Sir Thomas Brock KCB RA|
|Reverse Designer||Benedetto Pistrucci|
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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their gold content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.
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