Note the coin’s former owners. It comes as no surprise. Great collectors only ever own great coins.
The year 1871 is pivotal in Australia’s gold coin history. A new obverse portrait of Queen Victoria was introduced in that year. Known as the Young Head design it remained on Australia’s sovereigns until 1887. Two new reverse designs were also introduced in 1871 running in tandem: the Shield design by Jean Baptiste Merlen and the St George slaying the dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci.