• 1856 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London Shield Back Sovereign Jean Baptiste Merlen  24827
    Reverse
  • 1856 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London William Wyon 24826
    Obverse
  • 1856 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London Shield Back Sovereign Jean Baptiste Merlen  24827
  • 1856 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London William Wyon 24826
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£6.00
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1856 Gold Full Sovereign Victoria London Mint

The 1856 22 carat gold full sovereign features the young head portrait of Queen Victoria, designed by William Wyon. The reverse however, reveals the namesake of the coin, the "shield back soverign" showing the crowned shield of the royal arms by Jean Baptise Merlen. 

The 1856 gold sovereign is the ninth date for the Queen Victoria "second head" shield sovereign. This second type of Victoria sovereign was issued from 1848 to 1872, has a slightly larger head in lower relief, and the reverse legends are repositioned. 

See the rest of the 1856 Sovereign Collection.

Photographs shown may not be the actual coin and may differ in terms of grade, die numbers, design flaws and other minor details. Contact us if you require a photograph prior to purchase.

from £780.29

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Totals are approximate until metal prices are confirmed on the next LBMA fix.

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In 1856, there was only one main type of shield sovereign. This type and date are listed under Spink reference 3852D and Marsh 39. Interestingly, there are some subtypes that have been sold recently that are not listed in the above references. These are (1) 1856 large date (although we can't see any difference!) (2) 1856 overdate with the 5 stamped over another numeral. We have neither of these subtypes in stock. 

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. 

It should be noted that there were also 'AUSTRALIA' reverse sovereigns issued in Sydney in this year. 

Obverse

Designed by William Wyon, Chief Engraver, the obverse features the second (large) young head portrait facing left of the young Queen at just 18 years old. This larger bust fills more of the area of the coin and shows Victoria's hair held by a double fillet and gathered into a loosely knotted bun. The initials W.W. are set incuse on the truncation. 

The inscription reads

VICTORIA DEI GRATIA

and the date (1856) appears below the portrait. 

Reverse

The reverse of the 1856 sovereign was designed by engraver, Jean Baptiste Merlen. It features the shield design, which is mounted by a crown. It also has a branch of laurel leaves on either side. The branches are tied, with a ribbon in a bow, below the shield.

Beneath this, the reverse displays the thistle, rose and shamrock (symbolising the unity of Scotland, England and Ireland) with a small flower stop on each side.

The inscription reads

BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:

completing the monarch's legend, which begins on the obverse.

Specification

MetalGold
Diameter22.05mm
Weight / SizeFull
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.23535
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Mintage Figure4806160
Spink Reference3852D
Marsh Reference39
Obverse DesignerWilliam Wyon
Reverse DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
Price List
ObverseReversePriceAvailability
aVFgVF£851.49Out of Stock
VFVF£780.29In Stock
EFEF£1,394.81In Stock
gFineVF£610.69Out of Stock
Sold Prices
Date Obverse Reverse Price
11 July 2018 gFine VF £365.43
15 November 2018 aVF gVF £716.79
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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 gold 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.

Gold investment products are VAT free. Silver investment products are inclusive of VAT at the current rate unless otherwise stated.

All investment products are based on the live precious metal price. Prices will be fixed once the item has been added to the basket and recalculates just before checking out. 

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.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows

Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 
  • International - Royal Mail International Signed / Royal Mail International Tracked / Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed For. Items sent via this method will normally arrive between 3-7 working days. Delivery starts from £15.

Orders under £60

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Royal Mail 2nd Class. Your order will normally arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery starts from £3.50.
  • International - Royal Mail International Standard. Your order will normally arrive between 3-7 working days. Delivery starts from £6.

If you wish to have your order sent by an alternative method (e.g., Saturday Guaranteed) please contact +441253343081 for more information. Please note, we will not dispatch high value orders over a bank holiday weekend.

For international delivery, please check with your local customs office for more information on custom duty and taxes.

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We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders < £1500 there is no additional fee
  • Orders > £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

If you require any assistance please do not hesitate to call the showroom on +441253343081 and one of our team can discuss your purchase. 

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