This Sovereign was struck in 1872, the same year that saw Yellowstone in the USA become the world’s first national park, the establishment of The Ballot Act in Great Britain, which introduced the use of a secret ballot in elections, and Wanderers F.C. defeated Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1–0 at the first ever FA Cup final.

Stuck in 22 carat gold, it features Queen Victoria’s Young Head portrait on the obverse, which was her favourite portrait for coinage. The queen liked the design so much that it was struck on coins for 47 years. 


Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.98 g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Specification Value
Obverse Designer William Wyon
Quality Circulating
Year 1872
Pure Metal Type Gold
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