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1873-S Full Sovereign

Shield Type II


The Type II Shield sovereign features the Imperial shield design on the reverse paired with William Wyon's portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse . It differs from the Type I Shield sovereign by the designer's initials, WW appearing raised within the truncation beneath the bust.

Incuse WW

Normal WW (this issue)

It differs from the Type III Shield sovereign by having a larger bust. A key identification point is illustrated below.

Large Head (this issue)

Small Head

The mint of this issue can be identified by a mintmark beneath the shield on the reverse as shown in the illustrations below: S mintmark indicates Sydney mint

M mintmark indicates Melbourne mint

No mintmark indicates London mint

Die number indicates London mint The absence of a mintmark or the presence of a die number indicates a London mint issue.

The tails side of the coinThe heads side of the coina facility that produces coinsA marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coin
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