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  • 1843 Gold Full Sovereign Victoria London Crowned Victoria Shield Reverse
  • 1843 Gold Full Sovereign Victoria Young Head William Wyon London Obverse
  • 1843 Gold Full Sovereign Victoria London Crowned Victoria Shield Reverse
  • 1843 Gold Full Sovereign Victoria Young Head William Wyon London Obverse
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1843 Gold Full Sovereign Victoria London Mint

The 1843 gold sovereign is one of the earliest dates of the Victoria shield sovereign.

It was only the fifth sovereign of Queen Victoria's reign as the sovereign wasn't issued in 1840.

See the rest of the 1843 Sovereign Collection.

Photographs shown may not be the actual coin and may differ in terms of grade, die numbers, design flaws and other minor details. Contact us if you require a photograph prior to purchase.

from £414.81

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Hammered gold coins called 'sovereigns' had been minted on and off between 1489-1604, whereupon James I (VI) changed the name of the 20/- gold piece to a 'Unite'. The reform coinage sovereign of 1817 onwards was issued as a normal circulation type coin, and also as a proof. 

In common with all the other dates of "first head" shield sovereigns from 1838 to 1848, the portrait is not only slightly smaller, but also in slightly higher relief. Trying to spot the differences in detail is quite difficult, but it is very easy to sort them "by sight", because once you get used to looking at the different variations, you should be able to recognise the first head instantly.

All of these early shields are now in strong demand, especially in top grades, and we are always interested in buying early shield sovereigns, indeed almost all sovereigns, in mint or near mint condition.

There is another (even rarer) design that was issued this year. It is very similar but the shield is narrower and the leaves of the floral emblems (below the shield) are arranged differently. A coin with this design on the reverse could be worth £5500.


The obverse features the first and smallest young head portrait of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a double ribbon in her hair.

The inscription reads:


and the date (1843) appears below the portrait. 


The reverse shows a new crowned shield design. It includes a branch of laurel at either side of the shield tied together at the bottom with a ribbon.  

Beneath this, the reverse displays the thistle, rose and shamrock (symbols of Scotland, England and Ireland) with a small flower stop on each side.

The inscription reads:


completing the monarch's legend, which begins on the obverse.


Weight / SizeFull
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.235
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Mintage Figure5,981,968
Spink Reference3,852
Obverse DesignerWilliam Wyon
Reverse DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
Issuing Monarch Victoria (1837-1901)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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aVFaVF£548.24Add Stock Alert
gFinegFine£473.24Add Stock Alert
aFineaFine£417.24Add Stock Alert
VFVF£623.24Add Stock Alert
aVFaVF£800.00Add Stock Alert
FineFine£448.24Add Stock Alert
FineaVF£414.81Add Stock Alert
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Date Obverse Reverse Price
29 July 2016 aFine aFine £498.75
22 January 2017 aVF aVF £787.73
22 November 2017 aFine aFine £485.81
08 March 2018 aVF aVF £800.00
26 October 2018 gFine gFine £684.52
03 June 2020 Fine aVF £430.54
03 September 2020 aVF aVF £581.88
15 January 2021 aVF aVF £555.82
08 February 2021 aFine aFine £421.76
09 February 2021 Fine aVF £422.88
09 February 2021 aFine aFine £423.42
25 February 2021 Fine Fine £436.56
26 February 2021 aFine aFine £405.64
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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

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If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes, therefore some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows

Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 
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We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders < £1500 there is no additional fee
  • Orders > £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

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