AU 55 | UNITED KINGDOM. Victoria, 1837-1901.
Gold sovereign, 1874. London. Shield.
The 1874 London shield sovereign is one of the elusive rare dates thanks to its lower mintage and the fact that the shield sovereign was discontinued in the United Kingdom and replaced by the St. George reverse. The shield sovereign continued to be produced in Australia to service commerce with the Chinese, who did not like the idea of a dragon being slain!
Second young head of Victoria facing left, hair tied in fillet; date below truncation; VICTORIA DEI GRATIA. / Crowned shield within wreath; die number and national emblems below; BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:.In secure plastic holder, graded NGC AU 55, certification number 6382422-004.
NGC Census in this grade: 5.
NGC Census in higher grade: 8
Total NGC Census: 22
Reference: Fr-387j; KM-736.2; Marsh-58; S-3853B
Diameter: 22.05 mm.
Weight: 7.9881 g. (AGW=0.2355 oz.)
Composition: 917.0/1000 Gold.
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