This Victoria Jubilee Head sovereign was struck at the Melbourne mint in 1891. It features the 'M' mintmark on the St George and the Dragon reverse. This sovereign features the "short tail" variant.
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This 1891 British sovereign was minted at the Melbourne mint in Australia. The Melbourne mint was established in 1872 as a part of the UK's Royal Mint. Up until 1916 the mint only produced gold sovereigns. Other mint marks that exist for this date are the London mint and the Sydney mint.
There are three different horse tail variations that exist for several jubilee head years: "short tail"; "medium tail" and "long tail". Although the tails do differ in length, the Melbourne and Sydney mint sovereigns can have the tails accurately defined by the number of spurs of hair on the left side indent in the tail.
"Short Tail" - two spurs of hair
"Medium Tail" - no spurs of hair
"Long Tail" - one spur of hair
The obverse design was introduced in 1887 to mark Victoria's golden jubilee. The portrait was designed by medalist, Jospeh Edgar Boehm.
The reverse of the coin shows Benedetto Pistrucci's St George and the Dragon which first appeared on sovereigns in 1817. This coin features the "short tail" design, indicated by two spurs of hair in the left indent of the tail.