About the 1887 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head St George Melbourne Mint

1,916,424 bullion sovereigns were minted In 1887.

The obverse design is by William Wyon and the reverse by Benedetto Pistrucci .

Obtaining a good grade example of this coin for a reasonable price should not prove too challenging.

Spink Ref: 3857C. Marsh: 109

Reverse Face of a 1887-Gold-Sovereign-Victoria-Young-Head-St-George-Melbourne-Mint

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Obverse Face of a 1887-Gold-Sovereign-Victoria-Young-Head-St-George-Melbourne-Mint

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Further Information

1887 is a key year for the gold sovereign. A total of 7 variations were produced, the most for any year.

1887 Young head Sydney mint shield
1887 Young head Melbourne mint shield
1887 Young head Sydney mint St. George
1887 Young head Melbourne mint St. George
1887 Jubilee head London mint St. George
1887 Jubilee head Sydney mint St. George
1887 Jubilee head Melbourne mint St. George

Victoria 'yound head' sovereigns were minted in Sydney and Melbourne, using both the St. George & Dragon and the shield design. It was the last time the shield design by Jean Baptiste Merlen was used.

Shield back sovereigns were primarily issued for export to India as they were accustomed to that design.

With Queen Victoria entering her jubilee year, the obverse design also changed from the 'young head' by William Wyon to the 'jubilee head' by Sir Joseph Edward Boehm. The jubilee head soveign was minted in London, Melbourne and Syney, all carrying Pistrucci's St. George reverse design.

There are no official records that separate the mintage figures for Melbourne mint 1887 shield and St. George sovereigns. Therefore, the mintage number quoted includes both types. All that is known is that the majority of sovereigns produced were of the St. George & Dragon design.

Fast forward 115 years to Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee year in 2002 and we see the one-off re-introduction of a sheild design sovereign.

Details

Label Detail
Bullion Mintage 1,916,424
Obverse Design Victoria (Young Head)
Obverse Text VICTORIA D:G:BRITANNIAR:REG:F:D:
Reverse Design St. George
Reverse Text Null
Axis The 1887 Sovereign is struck on a reverse die axis.

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