1871 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London gVF aEF

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1871 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London gVF aEF

1871 Victoria Young Head British sovereign issued by The Royal Mint in London. This British coin is struck in 22 carat gold and bears the shield reverse.

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Coin Specification

In 1871, Victoria Young Head shield sovereigns were issued by the London and Sydney mints. There are three, very similar types for this year British sovereign.

The London mint sovereign have the initials WW raised. This can be seen on the Young Head portrait on the obverse of the coin in the truncated neck.

Sydney sovereigns have the mint mark 'S' and London sovereigns have a die number: both are situated above the floral emblem. There are two variations on the 1871 Sydney mint sovereign, one features WW in relief and the other features the WW incuse. Marsh fails to differentiate between these two types, however, Spink does.

The Melbourne mint did not start producing sovereigns until 1872. However, there is an 1872 overdate, with 1872 over 1871 known for the Melbourne mint.


The obverse shows the Young Head portrait by William Wyon. The initials WW are in relief on the truncation of the neck.

The reverse shows the shield design by Jean Baptiste Merlen. The die number is situated above the floral emblem consisting of a 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 8,767,250
Finish Uncirculated