1845 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London aVF

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1845 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London aVF

The 1845 sovereign features William Wyon's young head portrait of Queen Victoria. This British 22 ct gold coin was only minted in London.


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The 1845 Victoria young head portrait sovereign, in common with other dates of young head sovereigns from 1838 to 1848 features a smaller portrait. The Victoria young head (small) portrait series were struck in a slightly higher relief than later sovereigns. 3,800,845 British sovereigns were struck in 1845.

There are several known sovereigns for this date including the wider date, the closer date, the Roman I where the 1 in the date has been incorrectly replaced with a capital I, and a version where the 4 in the date has been struck upside down. Early edition shields are highly collectible, particularly in the highest grades.

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Designed by William Wyon, the 1845 sovereign obverse features the first (small) left facing young head portrait of Queen Victoria. This effigy shows an 18 year old Queen Victoria as she ascended the throne. This youthful portrait displays Victoria's hair bound with a double fillet and gathered into a knot. The date is on the field with William Wyon, the Chief Engraver's initials in relief in the truncation.

Minted in London, the reverse of the 1845 sovereign was designed by Royal Mint engraver, Jean Baptiste Merlen. A crown on top of the shield which has wreathes of laurel leaves on each side. These are tied together with a ribbon in a bow underneath the shield. At the base of the ribbon there is an arrangement of a thistle, a rose and a shamrock, symbolising Ireland, England and Scotland. Flower stops sit on either side of the arrangement.

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 London
Mintage  3,800,845
Finish Uncirculated