• 1898 Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head London 24450
  • 1898 Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head London 24449
  • 1898 Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head London 24450
  • 1898 Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head London 24449
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1898 Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head London

1898 Queen Victoria sovereign from The Royal Mint in London. This 22 carat gold coin features the veiled head obverse by Thomas Brock and the St George and the 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.

from £524.14

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The Melbourne, Sydney and London mints all produced sovereigns in 1898, a total of 12,418,485 coins were issued for circulation in this year. This British gold sovereign was minted by The Royal Mint in London. Sovereigns were used as circulation coinage with a nominal value of one pound.


The veiled head obverse is often referred to as the widow head or the old head. It was designed by the British sculptor, Thomas Brock. His initials, T.B. are in relief below the truncation. The coin bears the inscription VICTORIA·DEI·GRA·BRITT·REGINA·FID·DEF·IND·IMP· on the obverse.


The reverse of this 1898 sovereign features the iconic image of George slaying the dragon. This engraving of the St George reverse was designed by Benedetto Pistrucci and first appeared on sovereigns in 1817. His initials, B.P. are in relief to the right og the date 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  4,361,347
Finish Uncirculated
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gVFgVF£578.52In Stock
VFVF£524.14In Stock
aVFaVF£494.04Out Of Stock
VFaEF£578.52In Stock
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Date Obverse Reverse Price
06 May 2018 VF VF £368.54
22 May 2021 gVF gVF £494.14
09 March 2022 gVF gVF £564.30
10 January 2023 aVF aVF £479.36
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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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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. 

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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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