• 1860 Gold Better Than Bullion Full Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield  Coin Single Collectable United Kingdom The Royal Mint rev selection 1
  • 1860 Gold Better Than Bullion Full Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield  Coin Single Collectable United Kingdom The Royal Mint obv selection 1
  • 1860 Gold Better Than Bullion Full Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield  Coin Single Collectable United Kingdom The Royal Mint rev selection 1
  • 1860 Gold Better Than Bullion Full Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield  Coin Single Collectable United Kingdom The Royal Mint obv selection 1
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1860 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London

The 1860 gold sovereign is the thirteenth 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. 

There are six known variations of the 1860 sovereign:

-> the usual design (with WW incuse -stamped into coin)
-> an error where an O is cast over the C in VICTORIA
-> an error where the V in VICTORIA has been replaced by an upside down A
-> an error where instead of the two letter As in GRATIA, this sovereign features two inverted Vs, GRɅTIɅ
-> an error where the 1 in 1860 has been replaced incorrectly by a Roman letter I
-> an error where there is a large O in the date.

See the rest of the 1860 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.

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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. 


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


and the date (1860) appears below the portrait. 


The reverse of the 1860 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


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


Weight / SizeFull
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.235
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Mintage Figure2,555,958
Spink Reference3852D
Obverse DesignerWilliam Wyon
Reverse DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
Issuing Monarch Victoria (1837-1901)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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aVFgVF£897.48In Stock
gFineVF£807.48In Stock
gFineaVF£762.48Out Of Stock
FineVF£897.48In Stock
FinegFine£677.48In Stock
aVFVF£842.48In Stock
gFinegFine£677.48In Stock
aFineaVF£677.48In Stock
FineaVF£727.48In Stock
FinegVF£747.48In Stock
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Date Obverse Reverse Price
11 July 2018 gFine aVF £386.00
22 October 2018 aVF gVF £492.70
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