British Colonial - Sydney: 1887-1893
Jubilee Sovereign - Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria image on sovereigns was Changed in 1887, for her 50th Anniversary of her assension to the throne. It was used in Royal Mint in London for six years and one year longer in the Branch Mints at Sydney and Melbourne.

MetalGold 0.916
AlloyAg/Cu 0.??
Diameter22.2 mm
Thickness1.5 mm
Weight Legal7.99 gms
Weight7.99 gms
MintRoyal, London
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Obverse : Jubilee Bust of Queen Victoria facing left wearing a small crown, veiled and with ribbon and star of the Garter and the Victoria and Albert Order. Along periphery on either side legend VICTORIA D:G:BRITT:REG:F:D: . Medallist Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm placed small initials J.E.B. in relief below the Bust. Engraver Willium Wyon put his initials W.W. incuse at the rear, below the truncation
Reverse : St. George with Steamer flowing from Helmet, mounted on horse rearing right, slaying with sword in right hand, the dragon on ground. Mint Year below the representation of ground, with designer Benedetto Pistrucci's initials B.P. to the right.

Note that Jubilee Queen Victoria, St George Sovereigns were minted with Mint mark on representation of ground on reverse.
Type Royal MintStart End Mint Mark
Type IIIALondon 1887 1892 None
Type IIIBMelbourne 1887 1893 M
Type IIICSydney 1887 1893 S

Minted after 1869 they would become legal tender in Ceylon only after the sovereign was re-legalised by Proclamation of King Edward VII in 1901. They would have only come to Ceylon in circulation, not by importation by Government of Ceylon.

Ref: The Gold Sovereign. by M. A. Marsh.
1999, Cambridge U.K., 2nd ed. 118pp. Illustr. colour

The Sovereign was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 300 dpi It was obtained in USA around 2000.