This 1877 Victoria Young Head shield sovereign was issued by the Sydney mint. Struck in 22 carat, this gold coin features the shield reverse by engraver, Jean Baptiste Merlen.
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In 1877, the Queen Victoria Young Head shield sovereign was only issued in Sydney, Australia. 1,613,000 gold sovereigns were minted in Sydney.
In 1877, the Victoria Young Head sovereign with the St George and the Dragon reverse were issued by the Australian branches of The Royal Mint in Melbourne and Sydney and London, England.
The Young Head Sovereigns were issued for Queen Victoria in almost every year from 1838 to 1887. There were two reverse designs; the Young Head shield was produced from 1837 to 1887 inclusive, with the St George and Dragon reverse produced from 1871-1887.
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The obverse features the second (large) head variation of the Young Head bust of Queen Victoria which was designed by William Wyon, the Chief Engraver of The Royal Mint. The obverse bears the inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, the engraver's initials W.W. in the truncation and the date below the bust.
The reverse of the coin features the shield design by Jean Baptiste Merlen. The mint mark, S for Sydney, Australia, is located below the shield, above the floral emblem.
|Alloy||22 carat gold|
|Actual Gold Weight||0.2354 Troy oz|
|Obverse Designer||William Wyon|
|Reverse Designer||Jean Baptiste Merlen|