The 1843 Victoria young head portrait gold sovereign is struck in 22 carat gold. This British coin features the shield reverse and is highly collectible.
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The 1843 Queen Victoria young head portrait sovereign is one of the early Victoria young head shield sovereigns minted from 1838 to 1848. The effigy on the first (small) young head sovereigns from 1838 to 1848 is not only slightly smaller, but is also in slightly higher relief. The 1843 sovereign was struck in coin alignment. There are three variations of the 1843 Victoria young head portrait sovereigns. The original version, a version with a Roman I instead of a 1, an overdate 1843/2 and a known error where the 2 in 1842 is upside down.
The obverse of this sovereign features the left facing first (small) young head portrait of Queen Victoria. This portrait was designed by engraver, William Wyon and shows the young Victoria at just 18 years of age as she ascended the throne. This portrait displays Victoria's hair brushed back into a loose knotted bun. Her hair is bound with two plain ribbons. The hair ribbons are often referred to as fillets. The date sits at the base of the bust and the engraver's intitials W.W. are seen relief in the truncation towards the back of her neck.
The reverse of this coin was designed by the French engraver, Jean Baptiste Merlen. The reverse features the shield with a crown resting on top of it. On either side of the shield, there is a wreath of laurel leaves. These laurel wreaths are tied with a ribbon in a bow under the shield. Beneath the bow is an arrangement of a rose, a shamrock and a thistle. This arrangement symbolises England, Ireland and Scotland. On either side of the arrangement there are flower stops.