• 1874 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield Melbourne 24688
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  • 1874 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield Melbourne 24688
  • 1874 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield Melbourne 24687
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from £278.10
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M - Melbourne

1874 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield Melbourne

This 1874 British Sovereign was produced at the branch mint in Melbourne. The reverse depicts the shield design and the obverse depicts the young head portrait of Queen Victoria.

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1874 shield sovereigns were issued by the London, and Melbourne Mints only. The London issue is quite rare, R4 according to Marsh, so the Melbourne issue is the only common mintmark for this date of shield sovereign. St. George and dragon reverse types exist for all three mints. Victoria Young Head sovereigns were produced from 1837 to 1887 inclusive. There are two reverse designs, the shield and St. George & Dragon. The former were minted throughout the young head portrait whereas the latter were created from 1871-1887.


The William Wyon portrait of Queen Victoria is depicted on the obverse of the coin showing the young head portrait. The date can be seen below the neck.


The shield design by Jean Baptiste Merlen is depicted on the reverse of the coin. The mint mark M is shown below the wreath.


Weight / SizeFull
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.23535
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Obverse DesignerWilliam Wyon
Reverse DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
Issuing Monarch Victoria (1837-1901)
Mint / BrandMelbourne Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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aVFVF£613.57In Stock
VFVF£683.67In Stock
gFineVF£578.57Out of Stock
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Date Obverse Reverse Price
21 May 2018 aVF VF £491.99
02 August 2019 gFine VF £525.38
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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 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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Delivery Information

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. 
  • 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 +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 < £1500 there is no additional fee
  • Orders > £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.