• 1859 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London aVF gVF Ansell 23426
  • 1859 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London aVF gVF Ansell 23427
  • 1859 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London aVF gVF Ansell 23428
  • 1859 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London aVF gVF Ansell 23426
  • 1859 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London aVF gVF Ansell 23427
  • 1859 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London aVF gVF Ansell 23428
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1859 Ansell Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London - aVF gVF

In 1859, a shipment of gold coin alloy was rejected by the Royal Mint on the grounds that it was too brittle for use in striking coins. However, a metallurgist employed by the Royal Mint, one George Frederick Ansell, asked to be allowed to experiment with the gold in order to improve it and make it suitable for striking into coin. 


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Ansell Sovereigns

Ansell enjoyed considerable success in his efforts, and managed to make the alloy even tougher than that of a normal sovereign. Sovereigns struck from George Ansell's reworked gold alloy were apparently so tough, that they could not be broken by an ordinary man even when attacked with a pair of pliers (not that we would recommend trying to repeat this experiment with one!). George Ansell was rewarded for his work by a letter of thanks from the Mint Master and given a cash bonus of £100 (a considerable sum of money in those days).

An 'Ansell' sovereign struck from the reworked gold can be identified by an additional line which is visible in the rear hairband of the Queen's portrait, as seen in the photograph to the left. These sovereigns are listed as Rare 4 in Marsh (15 - 25 examples known) and are very popular with collectors of rare sovereigns. We are always extremely keen to acquire one when possible.



Date Description Marsh Spink Mintage Grade
1859 Second Head with Ansell Ribbon 42A 3852E 167,539 aVF/gVF


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Date Obverse Reverse Price
20 November 2018 aVF gVF £4,500.00
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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.

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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