MS 63 | AUSTRALIA. Victoria, 1837-1901.
Gold sovereign, 1881 M. Melbourne. Shield.
Young head left, WW on truncation; date below; VICTORIA DEI GRATIA. / Crowned shield within wreath; mintmark M and national emblems below; BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:. Edge milled.
The phenomenal, Bentley example of the rare 1881-M shield sovereign. With just four examples graded higher by either major grading company, this is one of the finest examples available for the issue. This example sold as part of the Bentley Collection for £4,320 in 2012.
Ex. Bentley Collection, Baldwin's 76, lot 750, 27th Sept 2012
Ex. Kurt Jaggard Coins, Sydney, Australia, bt. 30th May 2002. In secure plastic holder, graded NGC MS 63, certification number 3636237-001.
NGC Census in this grade: 4.
NGC Census in higher grade: 2
Total NGC Census: 26
Reference: S-3854A; Marsh-62; McD-130
Diameter: 22.05 mm.
Weight: 7.99 g. (AGW=0.2355 oz.)
Composition: 916.7/1000 Gold.
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