1864 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London gVF aEF

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1864 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London gVF aEF

The 1864 Sovereign displays a Victoria Young Head with a shield reverse was minted by The Royal Mint in London. The portrait of Queen Victoria is known as the second large head.

The die numbers shown are for illustrative purposes only. We have an extensive stock of sovereigns, with various die numbers available; if you would like to know the die number you will receive, or are interested in specific die numbers, please contact us on 01253 343081.


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Coin Specification

This British coin is struck in 22 carat gold and was issued for circulation with a nominal value of one pound.

Some coins are issued with die numbers on the reverse. If you are looking for a specific die number please contact our showrrom before ordering on 01253 343081.

The obverse of the sovereign shows the Young Head portrait design of Queen Victoria. This variation is known as the second (large) head as it covers a larger area of the coin's surface. The initials WW for engraver, William Wyon are incuse, without stops and are located in the truncated neck. 

The reverse of the sovereign shows Jean Baptiste Merlen crowned shield design with the repositioned legend BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF: 

The die number is will be situated towards the bottom of the shield, above the rose, shamrock and thistle.

Diameter 22.05mm
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 8,656,353
Finish Uncirculated