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  • 1885 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield Melbourne reverse
  • 1885 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield Melbourne obverse
  • 1885 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield Melbourne reverse
  • 1885 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield Melbourne obverse
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1885 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield Melbourne

1885 Victoria young head shield reverse gold sovereigns were minted at Melbourne and Sydney. The Melbourne Mint issue is distinctly rare.Mintages

This 1885 gold sovereign coin features the famous young head portrai of Queen Victoria across the obverse, with the crowned shield design being shown on the reverse. Minted at both Melbourne and Sydney, the gold sovereign's issued from Melbourne can be of a distinctly rare mintage. 

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from £500.43

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The obverse of the 1885 gold sovereign reveals William Wyon's famous "young head" portrait of Queen Victoria. Below the regal depiction appears the year the coin was issued. 


The reverse of the 1885 young head Victoria sovereign coin features another namesake for the piece; earning it the "shield back" title, the reverse exhibits a crowned shield surrounded by a wreath, with the "M" mintmark appearing at the bottom. 


Diameter 22.05mm
Weight 7.9881g
Alloy 22 carat gold
Fineness 0.916
Actual Gold Weight 0.2354 Troy oz
Obverse Designer  
Reverse Designer  
Mint Melbourne
Mintage  2,967,143
Finish Uncirculated


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VFgVF£631.57Out Of Stock
aVFaVF£500.43Out Of Stock
aUNCUNC£4,049.27Out Of Stock
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Date Obverse Reverse Price
23 July 2021 aVF aVF £491.95
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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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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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