The 1872 gold sovereign shows the young head portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse. The reverse of the coin shows the shield design.
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The shield reverse sovereigns for the year 1872 have been 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 gold sovereign shown here does not depict a mint mark as these sovereigns were struck at the London branch. The 1872 Victoria Young Head Sovereign also have die numbers. The 1872 sovereign coin without die numbers do catalogue slightly higher than those with.
The obverse depicts a young Queen Victoria, designed by William Wyon.
The reverse shows the shield design. The die number can be seen below the wreath.