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1857 Queen Victoria Gold Full Sovereign London Mint Young Head Shield Back Coin

1857 Queen Victoria Gold Full Sovereign London Mint Young Head Shield Back Coin Obverse

Buy a 1857 Queen Victoria Gold Full Sovereign London Mint Young Head Shield Back Coin

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Victorian type IA gold 'full' Sovereign, struck at the London branch of the Royal Mint in 1857. Obverse: second, larger Young Head portrait of the Queen by the engraver William Wyon. The legend around reads 'VICTORIA DEI GRATIA' ('Victoria by the Grace of God'). Wyon's initials appear incuse, without stops to the truncation of Victoria's neck. This portrait, slightly modified, had been in use since Victoria's coronation year - 1837 - and was likely not a good representation of the Queen by dint of the passing years: she was 38 years old by this point. Reverse: shield of royal arms with a trio of English lions passant guardant in two quarters and the rampant lion of Scotland opposite the Irish harp. This is surmounted by a crown and surrounded by twin branches of laurel leaves. Tiny national flower emblems appear below. The legend around reads 'BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:' ('Queen of the Britons, Defender of the Faith'). A very low number of gold Sovereigns with a different design were also struck at the Sydney Mint in 1857. These rare coins are sold separately. The photos on this page show a typical 1857 London Mint Sovereign. These stock images illustrate the type of coin you will recieve but your Sovereign may show differences in grade and wear pattern as well as minor design details. Annual mintage for London Mint 1857 Sovereigns: 4,495,748. References: S 3852D, Marsh 40.
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Type IA gold Sovereign dated 1857, struck at the London branch of the Royal Mint during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Obverse Of 1857 Victorian Gold Sovereigns

Second, larger left-facing portrait of Queen Victoria, hair bound back in double fillet. Legend: 'VICTORIA DEI GRATIA'. Artist: William Wyon, Chief Engraver to the Royal Mint (initials 'WW' incuse to neck).

1857 Sovereign Reverse Designs

Shield of royal arms with crown above and laurel branches around, tied at base with ribbon. National flower emblems below. Legend reads: 'BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:'. Artist: Jean Baptiste Merlen. No die numbers.

Specification For 1857 Sovereigns

22 carat (916.7) gold coin. Weight: 7.98 grams. Actual gold weight: 7.31 grams. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. One of 4,495,748 'full' Sovereigns struck in London in this year. Edge: milled. Finish: circulated.


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