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1880 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.

1880 Varieties
The year 1880 is one of the most multifarious years in the entire sovereign series, the Younghead St George issue alone contains at least 15 different varieties, and this is probably an underestimate. The Marsh and Spink reference texts both mention varieties which are not mentioned in the other reference. Due to the limitations of these sources, and the scope of our own knowledge, there are almost certainly more varieties out there that are unknown to Marsh, Spink and ourselves. Consequently, collecting the various varieties of the 1880 Young Head St George Sovereign, known and unknown, could form the basis of an entire collection in itself. We would be very interested to hear from anyone who thinks they might have discovered a variety that does not correspond with any of those mentioned in the table below, so that we may be able to add to the sum total of knowledge about this year.

1880 Sovereigns Mintage
MintmarkMintMintage
LLondon3,650,080
MMelbourne, Australia3,053,454*
SSydney, Australia1,459,000*
  Total8,162,534*

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 1880, the London Mint, and the Melbourne and Sydney Mints in Australia both issued sovereigns. You can visit our Mints & Mintmarks page for further information.

DateMintMarshRarity *SpinkDescription
1880L91EScarce3856ALong Tail, Small BP
1880L91EScarce3856BShort Tail, Small BP
1880/70L91AScarce3856BOverdate, Short Tail, Small BP
1880/70L91BRare3856COverdate, Short Tail, no BP
1880L91CRare3856CShort Tail, no BP
1880/70L91AScarce3856DOverdate, Second Head, Long Tail, Small BP
1880L91EScarce3856DSecond Head, Long Tail, Small BP
1880L91CRare3856EShort Tail, no BP
1880L91EScarce3856FShort Tail, Small BP
1880M102Normal3857Long Tail, Small BP
1880M102 Normal 3857D Medium Tail, Small BP, WW buried in truncation
1880S117Scarce3858ALong Tail, Small BP
1880S117AScarceMarsh OnlyLong Tail, Large BP
1880S117BScarce3858BShort Tail, no BP
1880S117Scarce3858CSecond Head, Long Tail, Small BP, WW on broad truncation

Notes
* Rarity according to Michael Marsh, The Gold Sovereign unless otherwise stated.

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 $
1880Lgood VFYes£375$600
1880LVFYes£365$585
1880Lalmost VFYes£355$570
1880Mgood VFYes£375$600
1880MVFYes£365$585
1880Sabout VFYes£360$575
1880Sgood FineYes£350$560
1880Sgood FineYes£350$560
1880*FineYes£340$545

Notes
* = Our Choice of Mintmark

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Obverse of 1880 Melbourne Mint Short Tail, Small BP, WW buried on truncation
Obverse of 1880 Melbourne Mint Long Tail, Small BP Spink #3857

Reverse of 1880 Melbourne Mint Short Tail, Small BP, WW buried on truncation
Reverse of 1880 Melbourne Mint Long Tail, Small BP, Spink #3857

Obverse of 1880 Melbourne Mint Long Tail Spink #3857
Obverse of 1880 Melbourne Mint Long Tail Spink #3857

Victoria Young Head St. George Reverse

Reverse of 1880 Melbourne Mint Long Tail Spink #3857
Reverse of 1880 Melbourne Mint Long Tail Spink #3857

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