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1879 Victoria Young Head St George Gold Sovereigns

The following list of sovereigns is for coins in stock as at our last update of this page. It is best to check availability before ordering or give alternatives.
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 Young Head
Sovereigns were issued for Queen Victoria in almost every year from 1838 to 1901. There were three main obverse (head) designs, and two reverse designs. The Young Head was produced from 1837 to 1887 inclusive, with the St George reverse being produced from 1871-1887.

1879 Sovereigns Mintage
MintmarkMintMintage
LLondon20,013
MMelbourne, Australia2,740,594
SSydney, Australia1,366,000*
  Total4,126,607*

Notes: * These mintage figures combine the two reverse types as we are unable to find mintage figures for the St. George reverse alone.

Designs & Description
All Victoria Young Head sovereigns from 1837 to 1887 share the same obverse (head) design. The reverse is the familiar St. George & Dragon design originally engraved by Benedetto Pistrucci about 1817.
For this date there is also a Young Head Shield Sovereign

Mints
In 1879, the London Mint, and the Melbourne and Sydney Mints in Australia both issued sovereigns. The London mint of this type is Rare 4 (R4) according to Marsh. You can visit our Mints & Mintmarks page for further information.

Availability
As with many older sovereigns, availability can be quite variable, particularly in better condition. Often we come across small batches of sovereigns, all of a particular date and mintmark, so that we have an abundant supply while stocks last, then we may not see another similar batch for years.

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The US $ prices in the this table may be out of date due to currency fluctuations.
DateMintGradeStockPrice £Price $
1879L Wanted£$
1879Malmost EFYes£385$615
1879MVFgood Yes£365$585
1879Sabout VF, ScarceSold£$
1879SFine, ScarceYes£350$560
1879*FineYes£335$535

Notes
* = Our Choice of Mintmark

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Obverse of 1879 Melbourne Mint Young Head St. George Reverse Gold Sovereign
Obverse of 1879 Melbourne Mint Young Head St. George Reverse Gold Sovereign

Victoria Young Head St. George Reverse

Reverse of 1879 Melbourne Mint Young Head St. George Reverse Gold Sovereign
Reverse of 1879 Melbourne Mint Young Head St. George Reverse Gold Sovereign

Repositioned 'M' on Obverse of 1879 Melbourne Mint Young Head St. George Reverse Gold Sovereign
Repositioned 'M' on Obverse of 1879 Melbourne Mint Young Head St. George Reverse Gold Sovereign

 'S'' on Obverse of 1879 Sydney Mint Young Head St. George Reverse Gold Sovereign
Sydney Mint Young Head St. George Reverse Gold Sovereign Obverse

'S' on Obverse of 1879 Sydney Mint Young Head St. George Reverse Gold Sovereign
Sydney Mint Young Head St. George Reverse Gold Sovereign Reverse

Reverse of 1879 London Mint Young Head St. George Reverse Gold Sovereign
Obverse of Rare London Mint Young Head Reverse Gold Sovereign

Obverse of 1879 London Mint Young Head St. George Reverse Gold Sovereign
Reverse of Rare London Mint Young Head St George Reverse Gold Sovereign Close Up of Date
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