1886 Young Head Shield Sovereign Obverse by William Wyon.
Notice the kiss-curl in front of the ear!
1886 Young Head Shield Sovereign Reverse by Jean Baptiste Merlen. Beautifully struck and proof-like fields.
History confirms the extreme rarity of the Melbourne Mint's 1886 Young Head Shield Sovereign (1886M).
Noble Numismatics is Australia’s largest Auction House holding three auctions annually each comprised of about 3000 lots.
Their auctions provide a plethora of invaluable information on prices realised and importantly, the frequency of sightings ... how often a coin can realistically be expected to appear on the market.
We note that:
Three famous Australian gold sovereign collections have been auctioned over the past fifty years and each contained an 1886M Shield Sovereign. The quality is noted as follows: