Half Gold Sovereign Young Head Shield Back



These half sovereign features a Shield on the reverse, rather than the traditional George and the Dragon design. You can now select them by year and mint

Obverse. Young head of Victoria to left. Hair bound with double fillet a collected into knot behind.

Legend. VICTORIA DEI GRATIA. Date is shown in field below truncati

Reverse. The Ensigns Armorial within a garnished shield surmounted b crown. A small flower stop appears in the field either side of the lot garnishing at the bottom of the coin.

Legend. BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID:DEF: The coin is struck wit reverse die axis Tv.

Edge: Milled

Weight : 3.99 grams

Purity : 22 cart (91.6% Fineness)


New Monarch

In 1837, the 18-year-old Princess Victoria ascended to the throne, bringing with her an era of profound change and progress that would redefine the United Kingdom. The young queen’s reign saw the gold coinage flourish, featuring several different types and denominations. Amongst these, the half-sovereign holds a special place of interest for its unique charm and significance.

Craftsmanship of Engravers and Designers

Queen Victoria’s reign enlisted the talent of many notable engravers and designers, including William Wyon, Leonard Charles Wyon, Joseph Edgar Boehm, Thomas Brock, Benedetto Pistrucci, and Jean Baptiste Merlen. The inception of the new reign brought with it a new gold currency sovereign in 1838, its obverse featuring a young head bust of Queen Victoria, beautifully captured by William Wyon. Wyon was invited by the queen herself to Windsor Castle to model her likeness, resulting in an impressively accurate portrait that received considerable acclaim.

A Rare Collectible with a Unique Design

The half-sovereign made its first appearance in Victoria’s reign in 1857, a noteworthy event as the half-sovereign and the sovereign were the only gold coins struck for currency during her reign. The reverse of the coin, crafted by J.B. Merlen, showcases an ornate shield bearing the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom. However, the Hanoverian arms, an integral part of the United Kingdom’s heraldic tradition, were omitted due to the Kingdom of Hanover’s male line succession law.

This coin is a testament to the rich history and heritage of the United Kingdom and the changes ushered in during Queen Victoria’s reign. It encapsulates the intricate craftsmanship and artistic direction of the era and remains a highly sought-after collectible for enthusiasts. Please note that during Victorian period large quantities of worn gold was withdrawn and melted. Bearing in mind that the sovereign and half-sovereign were then very much in use as currency, it is not unreasonable to suggest that this withdrawal of gold coinage would certainly have contributed much to the rarity aspect.

Each Young Head Half Sovereign arrives encased in a UV-protected capsule to shield it from damage and preserve its exceptional detail. Additionally, we offer a complimentary luxury box that enhances the grandeur of your collection while ensuring secure storage. This elegant, accessible storage solution elevates your numismatic experience, transforming your purchase into a premium collector’s package that adds significant value to your collection. Own a piece of history and indulge in the luxury that accompanies it.

Each coin in this collection is in circulated condition. We assure you of the authenticity and purity of these gold coins. Each piece has been thoroughly tested using an XRF gun for elemental analysis, non-invasive electrical conductivity tests for authenticity, and high precision weighing scales for weight verification. This rigorous checking process ensures that you are receiving a genuine product that meets the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship.

Additional information

Weight N/A

1863, 1866, 1869, 1874, 1880, 1883

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