• 1872 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London 22159 Crowned Shield William Wyon
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  • 1872 gold full sovereign victoria young head crowned shield reverse William Wyon
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  • 1872 gold full sovereign victoria young head portrait obverse William Wyon
    graded gFine aVF
  • 1872 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London 22159 Crowned Shield William Wyon
  • 1872 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London 22160 William Wyon
  • 1872 gold full sovereign victoria young head crowned shield reverse William Wyon
  • 1872 gold full sovereign victoria young head portrait obverse William Wyon
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1872 Gold Sovereign Coin Victoria Young Head Crowned Shield London

The 1872 gold full sovereign features the young head portrait of queen Victoria as the obverse design, with the reverse showing the Crowned Shield by William Wyon. 

William Wyon designed the Young Head portrait on the 1872 Victoria gold sovereign. The reverse bears the shield design by Jean Baptiste Merlen. This historic 22 carat gold coin was struck at the London branch of the Royal Mint.

The 1872 shield sovereign can appear either with or without die number. The coin in the photograph appears without die number. If the die number was present, it would appear below the wreath on the reverse. 

Marsh 47 (no die number) Marsh 56 (with die number). 

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 £517.79

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

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The 1872 sovereign was issued with a nominal value of one pound sterling. Whether issued by the London or Australian branches of The Royal Mint, all these gold coins are referred to as British sovereigns. 

In 1872, the sovereign was issued with two types of reverse design; the shield and the St George and Dragon. This is a 1872 Victoria shield sovereign.

Mint mark Mint Mintage
L London 13,486,708*
M Melbourne, Australia 748,180*
S Sydney, Australia 1,815,000*
  Total 16,049,888*

*These mintage figures combine the two reverse types, St George and the Shield, as we are unable to find mintage figures for the St. George reverse alone.


The obverse bears a young head portrait of Queen Victoria, designed by William Wyon. The coin bears the inscription:



The reverse shows the shield design. The die number can be seen below the wreath if it is present on the coin. The coin bears the inscription



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  13,486,708
Original Finish Uncirculated
Price List
gVFaEF£998.13Out Of Stock
gVFgVF£871.19In Stock
aVFgVF£695.59In Stock
gFinegVF£662.09In Stock
gFineVF£582.59In Stock
gFineaVF£517.79In Stock
gFinegFine£479.99Out Of Stock
FineaVF£483.99Out Of Stock
FinegFine£471.49Out Of Stock
VFgVF£799.69In Stock
aVFVF£595.09Out Of Stock
VFaEF£922.24In Stock
gVFVF£764.79In Stock
gFineaVF£559.93Out Of Stock
gFineaVF£546.93In Stock
gFineaVF£546.93In Stock
gFineaVF£618.43Out Of Stock
Sold Prices
Date Obverse Reverse Price
16 August 2017 gFine gFine £360.73
09 December 2017 gVF aEF £834.36
03 January 2018 gFine aVF £390.74
25 January 2018 gFine VF £455.69
14 January 2020 aVF VF £327.18
14 July 2020 gFine aVF £512.34
19 November 2021 Fine gFine £452.32
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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.

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. 

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.

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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Postal Insurance

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 under £1500 there is no additional fee.
  • Orders over £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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