This 1841 Victoria sovereign was issued by the Royal Mint in London.
Graded by our expert numismatist as Fine/gFine.
This sovereign features the VICTORIA DEI GRɅTIɅ error.
This British sovereign is also known as the 1841 Victoria London mint sovereign. There were two sovereigns issued in 1841, they are the same type but one has an error in the legend on the obverse. The legend should read VICTORIA DEI GRATIA but instead of the letter A in gratia, two upside down Vs were used GRɅTIɅ.
In common with all the other dates of "First Head" shield sovereigns from 1838 to 1848, the portrait is not only slightly smaller, but also in slightly higher relief. Trying to spot the differences in detail is quite difficult, but it is very easy to sort them "by sight" as once you get used to looking at the different variations, you should be able to recognise the first head instantly.
The 1841 sovereign is classed as extremely rare, only 124,050 sovereigns were issued (in total) in this year.
We currently have one of these coins in stock - the coin is shown in the photographs.
All these early shields are now in strong demand, especially in top grades, and we are always interested in buying early shield sovereigns, indeed almost all sovereigns, in mint or near mint condition.
The obverse shows the first (small) Young Head bust of Queen Victoria designed by William Wyon. The date is set below the bust. The obverse bears the legend VICTORIA DEI GRɅTIɅ.
The reverse features the engraving of Jean Baptiste Merlen's crown shield design (first shield) with the legend BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID : DEF :
|Alloy||22 carat gold|
|Actual Gold Weight||0.2354 Troy oz|
|Obverse Designer||William Wyon|
|Reverse Designer||Jean Baptiste Merlen|
|Mint||The Royal Mint|
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