Victoria - Young Head (Shield)

The Victoria Young Head Sovereign displays the Queen's "young head" portrait on the obverse. This can be identified through the hair tied into a double fillet with a large ponytail bun at the rear. The edges are milled with a linear circle around the raised border. This Victorian Sovereign design also features the initials of William Wyon on the bust truncation. The Victoria Young Head would remain a stable of British gold sovereigns from 1838 to 1887.

The Shieldback Sovereign’s reverse engraving displays a thistle and rose tied together by a ribbon. The inner sides bear eleven pearls, with five more in the upright centre. The outer sides of the Sovereign include a laurel.

Date
Mint
W.W. State
Date Monarch Head type Mint Ww state Die number Scarcity Gilchrist Photos
1838 Victoria Young London Raised - TBC2200?Image of a 1838 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1838 Victoria Young London Not Known - TBC2201?Image of a 1838 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1839 Victoria Young London Raised - TBC2300?Image of a 1839 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1841 Victoria Young London Not Known - TBC2400?Image of a 1841 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1841 Victoria Young London Raised - TBC2401?Image of a 1841 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1842 Victoria Young London Raised - TBC2501?Image of a 1842 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1842 Victoria Young London Raised - TBC2500?Image of a 1842 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1842 Victoria Young London Raised - TBC2502?Image of a 1842 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1843 Victoria Young London Raised - TBC2600?Image of a 1843 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1843 Victoria Young London Not Known - TBC2603?Image of a 1843 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1843 Victoria Young London Raised - TBC2602?Image of a 1843 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1843 Victoria Young London Raised - TBC2601?Image of a 1843 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1844 Victoria Young London Raised - TBC2700?Image of a 1844 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1844 Victoria Young London Raised - TBC2702?Image of a 1844 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London
1844 Victoria Young London Raised - TBC2701?Image of a 1844 Gold Sovereign: Victoria (Shield) - London

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