1864 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London aEF

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1864 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London aEF

The 1864 gold sovereign features a Victoria Young Head with a shield reverse. The portrait of Queen Victoria is 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.


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Coin Specification

The 1864 gold sovereign coin was struck with a number of different die numbers. The die number is situated on the reverse of the sovereign, towards the bottom of the shield, above the rose, shamrock and thistle.

Struck in 22 carat gold, this British coin was originally issued as a circulation coin with a nominal value of one pound (twenty shillings).

The obverse of the sovereign shows the young portrait design of Victoria. This is the second (large) head variety. The initials, WW, for the engraver William Wyon are incuse without stops in the truncated neck.

The obverse bears a short inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA and the date.

The reverse of the sovereign shows Jean Baptiste Merlen's shield design. The die number is located above the rose at the bottom of the coin. 


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