• 1861 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London 25228
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  • 1861 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London 25228
  • 1861 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London 25227
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1861 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London

The 1861 gold sovereign displays the young head portrait of Queen Victoria by William Wyon on the obverse and the shield design by Jean Baptiste Merlen on the reverse.

There is only one shield type listed in spink minted in London in this year this is catalogue number 3852D. There are some minor errors that can be found in the lettering for this year and also a roman I in the date. See the box 'more info' for details. 

If you purchase this coin you will recieve the normal type (unless we have missed spotting one of the rarer error types!) 

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 £414.93

(VAT Exempt)

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We have an extensive stock of sovereigns, if you are after a particular year, type or grade please contact us, we have vast stock that is not all shown online. 

Sub types of the 1861 London minted shield sovereign are; the roman I in the date, the C over rotated C in the obverse legend, T over V in Victoria, F over V in DEF and narrow date, E over rotated E. If you have one of these rarer types and wish to sell one we would like to here from you!  


The obverse features the Victoria Young Head portrait by William Wyon. This is the second (large) head type which shows the engraver's initials incuse in the truncated neck. The obverse bears the legend VICTORIA DEI GRATIA and the year date 1861.


The reverse bears the crown-topped shield within a wreath by Jean Baptiste Merlen. The coin bears the legend BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID : DEF :


Diameter 22.05mm
Weight 7.9881g
Alloy 22 carat gold
Fineness 0.916
Actual Gold Weight 0.2354 Troy oz
Obverse Designer William Wyon
Reverse Designer Jean Baptiste Merlen
Mint London, Royal Mint
Mintage 7,624,736
Finish Uncirculated
Terms of Sale

You can find more information on payment and identification requirements.

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 £9. 

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 +44 1253 343 081 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 < £1000 there is no additional fee

Orders > £1000 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1000 we apply a £1 fee. 


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