UK Full Sovereign Gold Coin - Victoria Young Head Shield 1838 -1887

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If you're ready to sell your items to us you can post them to us via Royal Mail. Full instructions can be found below.


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Items can be posted to us - we recommend using Royal Mail Special Delivery service to ensure your goods are delivered securely. Alternatively, they can be brought into our secure showroom upon appointment. 

Step 1: Download, print, and complete our 'Sell To Us' form and include this inside your parcel with your securely wrapped items.

Step 2: Send your parcel to Atkinsons, 202 Gracechurch Centre, The Parade, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, B72 1PA. Royal Mail Special Delivery should be used to safely post your items. Parcels can be insured up to £2,500.00. Parcels with a value exceeding this should be split into packs each containing a value of less than £2,500.00.

Step 3: When your parcel has arrived with us, our purchasing team will contact you to agree the finalised price. Payment can then be made by bank transfer, with funds appearing in your account within 72 hours.  There may be an option to have a same day payment subject to limits and cut off times (a charge of £25 is applicable).  Personal cheques are also available if preferred.

If you have any further questions please contact one of our experienced team on 0121 355 0620 or email

Please Note: Quotations are an indication of the price only, based on the current metal price. The actual price you receive will be based on the live metal price when we receive your items. All goods are tested to verify weight and purity.

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Victoria Young Head, Shield reverse coins were produced from 1838 – 1887, with exception to 1840, 1867 and 1876, there were no coins minted during these years. Referred to as the Young Head or Bun Head portrait, the Queen faces to the left on these coins.

The coins are struck in coin alignment rather than medal alignment. This means that should you hold the coin at the top and bottom and turn it through a vertical axis the head or reverse will appear the right way up.

  • Each coin weighs 7.98g and is 916.7 22ct Gold.
  • Dimensions: Diameter: 22.05mm Thickness: 1.52mm.  

Other Information

Interestingly the Young Head Victoria coins are the only Sovereign to run two different designs concurrently. These designs consist of the ‘Shield Back’ and the ‘George and the Dragon’.

Coins were minted at the London, Melbourne and Sydney Mints. The mint mark can be round on the reverse and is located under the shield, in between a conjoined rose, thistle and shamrock.

The date of the coin appears underneath the head of the Queen.

Product Type Coin
Weight 7.98
Country United Kingdom
Manufacturer The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint
Fine Content 7.32
Fineness 916.7
Finish Bullion