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Being able to accurately attribute the exact obverse die that was used to strike any particular 1887 Sydney Jubilee Head sovereign is, in my opinion, one of the most challenging tasks in Australian numismatics.

Research by the British numismatist David Iverson has shown that the designer’s initials (J.E.B.) were hand-punched onto each of the six different obverse dies used to produce these coins.

It truly is a rabbit hole - one that I’ve been down several times, one that has taken me several hours to re-surface from.

The task is complicated by the fact several different classifications of this coin have been prepared over the years - by Michael Marsh (self-published in “The Gold Sovereign”); by Barrie Winsor (published by Greg McDonald in “The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes"); by Spink (in “The Coins of England and the United Kingdom”) ... read more

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