• 1878 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield Sydney 21989
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1878 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield Sydney

1878 Victoria Young Head sovereign struck in 22 carat gold. This 1878 British sovereign was issued for circulation by the Sydney mint, Australia.

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The only mint which issued shield sovereigns in 1878 was Sydney which produced 1,259,000 coins for circulation with a face value of one pound.

Both the Melbourne and Sydney mints issued 1878 dated sovereigns with the St George and Dragon reverse design. The London Mint issued no sovereigns of any type dated 1878.


The obverse bears the third Young Head effigy of Queen Victoria designed by William Wyon. His initials W.W. are set in relief in the truncation.The coin features the inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA with the date below the portrait.


The reverse features the crowned shield engraving by Jean Baptiste Merlen. The shield is surrounded on both sides by a wreath which has been tied at the base. The S mint mark below the wreath denotes that the coin was minted in Sydney, Australia. The sovereign reverse features 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 Sydney
Mintage 1,259,000
Finish Uncirculated
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aVFgVF£534.94Out of Stock
gFineVF£516.14In Stock
gFineaVF£479.53In Stock
gFinegFine£472.03Out of Stock
FineaVF£430.73Out of Stock
gVFaEF£572.44In Stock
gVFaVF£534.94Out of Stock
FinegFine£464.53Out of Stock
aVFVF£523.64In Stock
Sold Prices
Date Obverse Reverse Price
09 June 2017 Fine aVF £381.35
16 September 2018 gFine aVF £373.74
19 September 2018 gFine gFine £338.54
13 March 2019 Fine gFine £352.27
Terms & Delivery

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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. 

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