• 1865 Gold Graded Full Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield  Coin Single Collectable United Kingdom The Royal Mint aVF reverse
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  • 1865 Gold Graded Full Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield  Coin Single Collectable United Kingdom The Royal Mint aVF obverse
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  • 1865 Gold Graded Full Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield  Coin Single Collectable United Kingdom The Royal Mint aVF reverse
  • 1865 Gold Graded Full Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield  Coin Single Collectable United Kingdom The Royal Mint aVF obverse
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1865 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London

The 1865 gold sovereign displays the young head portrait of Queen Victoria by William Wyon on the obverse. The reverse of the coin features the shield design by Jean Baptiste Merlen.

These sovereigns all come with a die number below the wreath.

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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Steeped in history, the sovereign was first issued as a gold hammered coin in 1489 and reintroduced as a modern sovereign in 1817 as part of the British Coinage Act of 1816. 

In 1865, British sovereigns were only minted at The Royal Mint in London. Struck in 22 carat gold, these sovereigns were issued for circulation with a nominal value of one pound. 

All 1865 sovereigns are London Mint second (large) head portrait, shield reverse, with die number in the space below the wreath on the reverse.

Mint mark Mint Mintage
L London 1,450,238


The obverse of the sovereign shows the young portrait design of Victoria. This is the second (large) head variety. The initials, WW, for the engraver William Wyon are incuse without stops in the truncated neck.

The obverse bears a short inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA and the year date, 1865.


The reverse of the sovereign shows Jean Baptiste Merlen's shield design. The die number is located above the rose at the bottom of the coin. 


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
Mintage  1,450,238
Finish Uncirculated
Price List
VFEF£831.16Out Of Stock
EFaUNC£1,320.96Out Of Stock
aVFaVF£765.51In Stock
FineFine£617.51In Stock
VFVF£867.51In Stock
gFinegFine£767.51In Stock
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Date Obverse Reverse Price
04 May 2020 VF EF £680.90
07 November 2023 aVF aVF £703.50
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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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