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1838 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield
This was the first date of Victoria sovereign issued, although we have seen something about the existence of an extremely rare 1837 pattern.
There are two specimens of this sovereign in the Smithsonian Institution, and they are two of the coins which Smithson received from the British Government, and with which he endowed the Washington DC Institution which bears his name. According to the website, most of the coins shipped to the USA were promptly melted down and reminted into US coins, probably double eagles. This will go some way to explaining why this date is scarcer than its mintage figures would lead one to expect, however similar considerations probably apply to most early dated sovereigns, many will have been melted and recycled, leaving only a relatively small proportion of the original mintage still extant.

Gold Sovereigns - Victoria Young Head Shield Reverse
London Mint Only.
The following list of sovereigns is for coins in stock as at our last update of this page.
It is best to check prices and availability before ordering or give alternatives.
The US $ prices in the this table may be out of date due to currency fluctuations.

Current Prices - 2012
DateDescriptionMarshSpinkMintageGradeStockPrice £Price $
1838First Head, First Reverse2238522,718,694good Fine/about Very Fine Sold£1,395$Ask
1838First Head, First Reverse2238522,718,694about Fine/FineSold£1,100$Ask
1838First Head, First Reverse2238522,718,694good FineAsk£Ask$Ask

Previous Prices
DateDescriptionMarshSpinkMintageGradeStockPrice £Price $
1838First Head, First Reverse2238522,718,694good FineSold£185$295
1838First Head, First Reverse2238522,718,694good Fine - almost VF, but lightly scratched "B" on obverseSold£185$295
1838First Head, First Reverse2238522,718,694EFSold£1,995$3,995

Key To Table
Mintage includes any varieties of this date.

Type Coins
If you are not looking for a particular date, but want a nice example of this type of sovereign, you can order a "type coin". Just look at our list of dates, grades and prices. Select the price you wish to pay, and we will send you the best grade coin we have available for that price, with our choice of date.

We Buy Gold Sovereigns

All our coins are guaranteed genuine, and we try to grade reasonably conservatively. For customers ordering by post, we want you to be delighted when you receive your coin. We thrive on repeat business and recommendation.

Victoria Type Collection

George III Victoria Young Head St. George Victoria Jubilee Click to go to our Victoria Old Head Sovereigns For Sale page Edward VII George V Elizabeth II

Obverse of 1838 Victoria Shield Sovereign
Obverse of 1838 Victoria Shield Sovereign

Reverse of 1838 Victoria Shield Sovereign
Reverse of 1838 Victoria Shield Sovereign

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