Victoria Young Head coins, featuring the George and the Dragon reverse, were minted from 1871 – 1887. The Latin inscription VICTORIA DG BRITANNIAR REG FD translates as ‘Victoria by the Grace of God Queen of Britain, Defender of the Faith’
The Queen faces to the left on these coins and are struck in coin alignment rather than medal alignment. This means that should you hold the coin at the top and bottom and turn it through a vertical axis the head or reverse will appear the right way up.
Coins in these years featured the first portrait of Queen Victoria, often referred to as the ‘young head’ or ‘bun head’.
Coins were minted at the London, Melbourne and Sydney Mints.