Victoria Gold Sovereign, 1863, From The Schiehallion Shipwreck.
Die number 24, 'Shield Back Type'.
Obverse: Second young head facing left, W.W. incuse on truncation, date below, 1863.
Reverse: Crowned quartered shield of arms within laurel wreath, die number 24 below, emblems below this.
S.3853; Marsh 48.
From the Schiehallion Shipwreck, sunk in 1879 off the Isle of Wight, England.
The barque Schiehallion was sunk just off Blackgang, Isle of Wight in 1879. She was a fine iron ship, classed A1 at Lloyd’s, of between 600 and 700 tons. The Captain was Commander Levesk, she was on her voyage from Auckland to London, laden with a valuable cargo of kauri gum, cotton and cotton seeds. She had on board 29 souls, 13 being passengers. She came ashore in thick weather at 6am on a Saturday, it took an hour or more before she started going to pieces, being a strong vessel. Many life’s were lost, including that of a young boy who was washed overboard, after being sent to retrieve a chest full of money.
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