Victoria Sovereign
"Young Head" "Shield Back"
1838-1887
Victoria Sovereign "Jubilee Head"
1887-1893
Victoria Sovereign "Old Head"
1893-1901
Courtesy of Tom Harrington
Ex. Huseyin Sulo collection
Courtesy of Chris Perkins
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The Victoria sovereign is one of the best known and most popular coins in the world.

The "Young head" was designed and engraved by William Wyon.

In 1871 onward the George and dragon reverse was being used.
However the shield design was also minted until 1874 in London (1887 in Australia).
Some Shield back Sovereigns (ones dated between 1863-1874) have a tiny number
on the reverse below the shield and wreath, but above the floral emblem. These die
numbers were used so that the mint could tell how many coins the dies produced
before they needed to be replaced.
The die numbers usually do not have an affect of the value of the coins although
some collectors collect sixpences to complete a run of die numbers

The "Jubilee head" designed by Joseph Edgar Boehm

The "Old head" was and the reverse were designed by Sir Thomas Brock.

The George and dragon reverse is a modified version of Benedetto Pistrucci's design.

The Sovereign was also issued for use in Australia (Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney),
and have a small M, P, or S mintmark.
The Sovereigns produced in Britain have no mintmark.
The mintmarks are positioned just below the bust of Victoria on the "Young head"
Stype.shield or on the ground above the date on the George and dragon reverses.


                           1838-1901 Gold,  8 grams, 22mm Diameter.
VICTORIA SOVEREIGN
1838-1901
Courtesy of Derek Allen
Victoria Sovereign "Young Head"
1871-1887
Position of mintmark on the
"young head" Sovereign shown
in the red circle
Courtesy of Derek Allen
Position of William Wyon's initials
and the die number on the "young
head" "shield back" Sovereign
shown in the red circle's.
Courtesy of Sergey
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Position Of Designers Initials and Die Numbers
Position of Benedetto Pistrucci
initials B.P. on the George &
Dragon reverse Sovereigns
shown in the red circle's.
Position of mint mark on "shield back"  
Sovereigns shown in the red circle's. Sovereigns
minted in London show a die number instead.
This example displays an S for Sydney mint.
Position of mintmark of Victoria George & Dragon
reverse Sovereigns shown in the red circle's.
This examaple has an S for Sydney mint.
Courtesy of Tom Harrington
Ex. Huseyin Sulo Collection
Position Of Mintmarks
GEORGE IV
GEORGE III
GEORGE II
GEORGE I
ANNE
WILLIAM III
WILLIAM & MARY
VICTORIA
EDWARD VII
ERROR COINS
GEORGE V
GEORGE VI
WILLIAM IV
EDWARD VIII
GRADING COINS
PRICE GUIDE
CROMWELL
JAMES II
CHARLES II
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