This 1887 Sovereign features the Young Head portrait of Queen Victoria. Presented in Uncirculated quality with proof-like surfaces. Under the glass, there is a hint of the kiss-curl in front of the ear.
The first thing to note about this coin is the superb edges. Then take in the intricate design set against a background of proof-like fields.
There are some key indicators that collectors look out for when making a numismatic purchase. And all of this is weighed up against the price. The date is critical. The more important the date, the better. How rare is the coin for the rarer the better. And finally, what about its quality? This Uncirculated 1887 Sovereign has the lot!
An important date.
The Shield reverse design superseded the Sydney Mint design on Australia's sovereigns in 1871. And continued for a further sixteen years until 1887. Queen Victoria’s Young Head portrait featured on the obverse.
The importance of this coin is clear. It marks the end of the era that produced Australia's Young Head Shield Sovereigns.
It is an acknowledged fact that collectors prefer the first and last year of a series over and above all others. The first year and the last year are defining. Those in between are not.
How rare is the coin?
Throughout Australia’s history, upheavals and extraordinary events have impacted on mintages and created numismatic super-stars. Think 1930 Penny. Think 1920 Florin. And think 1887 Shield Sovereign.
The Melbourne Mint was awash with options in the striking of its sovereigns in 1887 with two reverse designs available to them, that of St George and the Dragon and the Shield. And two obverse designs depicting Queen Victoria, the Young Head portrait and the Jubilee portrait, introduced in mid-1887.
It was inevitable that amidst the chaos a numismatic super-star would emerge.
And it has in the form of this coin, the 1887 Sovereign featuring the Young Head portrait of Queen Victoria and the Shield reverse. it is one of the key dates of the series and a world class rarity.
History confirms the extreme rarity of the Melbourne Mint's 1887 Young Head Shield Sovereign (1887M).
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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.
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