• 1835 Gold Full Sovereign William IV Second Bust London Mint Obverse
  • 1835 Gold Full Sovereign William IV Shield London Reverse
  • 1835 Gold Full Sovereign William IV Second Bust London Mint Obverse
  • 1835 Gold Full Sovereign William IV Shield London Reverse
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1835 Gold Full Sovereign William IV Second Bust London

The 1835 gold full sovereign displays the second bust portrait of King William IV on the obverse, with the reverse showing the Willaim IV crowned shield. 

The second bust of Willaim IV is distinguishable from the original as the top of the ear appears broader with a flatter edge, the the revere beading also being more course. The obverse design of the William IV shield was introduced to replace the St George and the Dragon engraving, designed by Benedetto Pistrucci. 


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Hammered gold coins called 'sovereigns' had been minted on and off between 1489-1604, whereupon James I (VI) changed the name of the 20/- gold piece to a 'Unite'. The reform coinage sovereign of 1817 onwards was issued as a normal circulation type coin, and also as a proof. 

The 1835 gold sovereign was only the fourth sovereign to be issued during the reign of King William IV. This is because the sovereign wasn't issued in 1834. In 1831 and 1832 multiple versions of the sovereign had been issued with tweaked designs. However, from 1833 onwards, only 1 version was produced. The second portrait of the king with broader ears and a flatter nose (Spink no. 3829B).


The obverse depicts a bare head potrait of King William IV by William Wyon.

The inscription reads



The reverse shows Jean Baptiste Merlen's design of a crowned and garnished square topped sheild.

The inscription reads

ANNO 1835


Weight / SizeFull
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.235
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Mintage Figure723,441
Spink Reference3829B
Obverse DesignerWilliam Wyon
Reverse DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
Issuing Monarch William IV (1830-1837)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

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If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item, it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes; therefore, some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

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