1856 Gold Sovereign Victoria Young Head Shield
In 1856, there was only one main type of shield sovereign. The type, which has the second portrait, issued from 1853 to 1863, has a slightly larger head, in lower relief, and the reverse legends are repositioned.
There are no die numbers, and the engraver's initials WW are incuse on the truncation of the neck.
All 1856 sovereigns are therefore London Mint, second portrait, shield reverse, with no die number.
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The US $ prices in the this table may be out of date due to currency fluctuations.
Date||Description||Marsh||Spink||Mintage||Grade||Stock||Price £||Price $
1856||Second Head||39||3852D||4,806,160||good Fine||Sold||£120||$165
Please see our die numbers page for more information about die numbers.
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.
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Victoria Type Collection
Obverse of 1856 Victoria Shield Sovereign with WW Incuse
Reverse of 1856 Victoria Shield Sovereign Incuse WW Type
Obverse of 1856 Sovereign - Close Up of Date
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