• 1896 Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head London 22271
  • 1896 Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head London 22272
  • 1896 Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head London 22271
  • 1896 Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head London 22272
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1896 Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head London

This 1896 Victoria old head gold sovereign was struck by The Royal Mint in London. The obverse bears the old head portrait by Thomas Brock with the St George and Dragon reverse by Benedetto Pistrucci.

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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This is an 1896 veiled head British sovereign from The Royal Mint in London. The Sydney and Melbourne mints also produced sovereigns for this year.

Between 1837 and 1901, Victoria sovereigns were issued almost every year. There were three main obverse designs and two main reverse designs. This coin features the last main obverse - the veiled (widow or old) head portrait.

We have Victoria Old Head 1896 sovereigns in stock for immediate delivery including Melbourne, Sydney and London mintmarks, in almost uncirculated condition and other grades.


The veiled head is also known as the 'old' head or the widow head portrait of Victoria. It was designed by Thomas Brock, his initials T.B. are under the truncated neck. The obverse bears the inscription VICTORIA·DEI·GRA·BRITT·REGINA·FID·DEF·IND·IMP·


The iconic St George and the Dragon engraving by Benedetto Pistrucci can be found on the reverse. It was first used on sovereigns in 1817. The engraver's initials B.P. and the date are in exergue.


Diameter 22.05mm
Weight 7.9881g
Alloy 22 carat gold
Fineness 0.916
Actual Gold Weight 0.2354 Troy oz
Obverse Designer Thomas Brock
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Mint London
Mintage  3,334,065
Finish Uncirculated
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gVFgVF£577.21Out Of Stock
VFVF£523.13Out Of Stock
VFgVF£526.93In Stock
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Date Obverse Reverse Price
01 April 2017 VF VF £374.49
06 May 2018 VF VF £368.54
05 September 2019 gVF gVF £468.25
10 May 2021 gVF gVF £485.79
19 October 2022 gVF gVF £532.76
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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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Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 

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  • Within the UK and BFPO - Royal Mail 2nd Class. Your order will normally arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery starts from £3.50.

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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. 

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