1872 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London gVF aEF

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1872 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield London gVF aEF

This 1872 Victoria Young Head gold sovereign features the shield design by Jean Baptiste Merlen on the reverse. This British coin is struck in 22 carat gold.

Some 1872 Victoria Young Head sovereigns also have die numbers. The 1872 sovereign coin without die numbers catalogue slightly higher than those with. Stuck in 22 carat gold this 1872 sovereign is sought after by coin collectors as it does not feature a die number.


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Coin Specification

The shield reverse sovereigns for the year 1872 were struck in more than one Royal Mint branch. This can be seen by the mint mark below the wreath on the reverse of the coin. S for Sydney and M for Melbourne. The British gold sovereign shown here does not depict a mint mark as this coin was struck at the London branch of the Royal Mint.

13,486,708 British gold sovereigns were struck at The Royal Mint in London in 1872.


Mint mark Mint Mintage
L London 13,486,708*
M Melbourne, Australia 748,180*
S Sydney, Australia 1,815,000*
  Total 16,049,888*

Notes: * These mintage figures combine the two reverse types, St George and the Shield, as we are unable to find mintage figures for the St George reverse alone.

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Coin Inscriptions

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The obverse depicts a Young Head portrait of Queen Victoria, engraved by William Wyon, chief engraver at The Royal Mint. His initials W.W. are in relief in the truncated neck. The obverse bears the inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1872.

The reverse bears the crowned shield design by Jean Baptiste Merlen and the inscription BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:

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 13,486,708
Finish Uncirculated