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1862 Queen Victoria Gold Full Sovereign London Mint Young Head Shield Back Coin

1862 Queen Victoria Gold Full Sovereign London Mint Young Head Shield Back Coin Obverse

Buy a 1862 Queen Victoria Gold Full Sovereign London Mint Young Head Shield Back Coin

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Victorian gold Sovereigns, struck in London in 1862. To the obverse is William Wyon's 'Young Head' portrait of Queen Victoria, facing left, her hair bound up in a double fillet. The legend reads 'VICTORIA DEI GRATIA' and the date appears below the portrait. The artist's initials are shown to the truncation of the Queen's neck incuse lettering. The reverse of these 1862 British coins features the classic crowned shield design, used in the early part of Victoria's reign and designed by Jean Baptiste Merlen. These coins are called 'Type IA' shield-back Sovereigns by Michael Marsh in his guide to gold Sovereigns. This distinguishes them from later 'Type IB' Sovereigns that feature a die number to the reverse between the wreath of olive leaves and above the tiny national flower emblems. There are several known errors and variants for Sovereigns struck in this year. These examples may show a 'close' date (also referred to as a 'narrow' date) or a wide date. The coin in the stock images displayed on this page is a narrow date 1862 Sovereign though you may receive a wide date variant, depending on available stock. These 22-carat gold 7.98 gram coins were struck for circulation and show typical signs of wear and handling. The coin you receive may show differences in grade, wear pattern and minor design details. Annual mintage: 7,836,413. References: Marsh 45, S 3852D. Minimum grade: VF (Very Fine) or better.
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London mint gold Sovereign of Queen Victoria dated 1862 (S 3852 D).

Obverse Of 1862 Victorian Sovereign

Left-facing 'Young Head' portrait of Queen Victoria by Royal Mint Chief Engraver William Wyon. Bare head effigy with hair pulled back with two ribbons. Wide date or narrow date below portrait with artist's initials incuse to the edge of Victoria's neck. The legend reads 'VICTORIA DEI GRATIA' with the date below.

Reverse Of London Mint 1862 Sovereign

1862 gold Sovereigns show a 'shield-back' reverse design featuring a crowned shield of arms, surrounded by a wreath of olive branches, tied at the bottom with a ribbon, above tiny national flower emblems. No die numbers. Engraver: Jean Baptiste Merlen. Legend: 'BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:'.

Specifications For Victorian Sovereigns

Historic gold Sovereigns are struck in 7.98 grams of 22-carat gold which equates to an actual gold weight of 7.31 grams / 0.2354 troy ounces. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. Finish: circulated. Edge: milled.

Buying Historic Victorian Gold Sovereigns

The images on this page are stock photos but give a good representation of the type and grade of coin you will receive. Our 1862 Sovereigns are graded VF (Very Fine) or better which means you may note limited wear to the high points and details of the design as well as evidence of circulation like hairlines and minor edge dinks.


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