Victoria Young Head St George Gold Sovereign Information

Author: Lawrence Chard - Chairman and CEO

Published: 13 Feb 2018

Last Updated: 24 Dec 2022


Queen Victoria's reign would come to define an age and would prove to be the longest reign in the history of the British Monarchy, until now, beating that of George III, in whose reign she was only just born into.  There are several variations and in order to categorise they are pooled by portrait, mintmark and die numbers. If your looking to buy Victoria young head St george sovereign please click here

1872 Victoria Young Head St George Gold Graded Sovereign
1880 Young Head Victoria Sovereign Graded

The Young Head St George and the Dragon Sovereign 

These sovereigns are also commonly  referred to as “Type II” sovereigns. The obverse portrait was created by William Wyon and the reverse is Pistrucci’s St George and Dragon design. The 1879 London Mint is arguably the rarest sovereign of this type and is difficult to find in any grade! Overdates exist and the 1880 over 1870 is considered scarce and collectable. The M (Melbourne), and S (Sydney) mintmarks appear on the obverse of the Young Head St George sovereigns, below the portrait, instead of on the reverse:

Full List of Dates and Mintmarks

  London Melbourne Sydney Total
1871 Exists None Exists 11,581,250*
1872 Exists Exists Exists 16,049,888*
1873 Exists Exists Exists 4,598,414*
1874 Exists Exists Exists 3,793,011*
1875 None Exists Exists 4,010,405
1876 Exists Exists Exists 7,056,311
1877 None Exists None 1,487,316
1878 Exists Exists None 3,262,732
1879 Exists Exists Exists 4,126,607
1880 Exists Exists Exists 8,162,534
1880/70 Exists Exists Exists See 1880
1881 None Exists Exists 3,684,800
1882 None Exists Exists 3,391,850
1883 None Exists Exists 3,573,781
1884 Exists Exists Exists 4,987,635
1885 Exists Exists Exists 5,170,866
1886 None Exists Exists 7,471,262
1887 None Exists Exists 4,832,848

Key to Mintmarks

L = London, no mintmark.
M = Melbourne, Australia
S = Sydney, Australia
1871*, 1872*, 1873*, 19874* = Mintage figure includes London Mint shield reverse sovereigns of same date.

Coin and Medal Alignment

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Type Coins

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All our coins are guaranteed genuine, and we try to grade reasonably conservatively. For customers ordering by post, we want you to be delighted when you receive your coin. We thrive on repeat business and recommendation.

Victorian young head Saint George & dragon reverse sovereigns were issued from 1871 to 1887 inclusive. We buy & sell gold sovereigns, in addition to almost all coins, British or world, in gold or any other metal, but British gold sovereigns are one of our major specialities.

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