1872 Shilling – Victoria Young Head


The 1872 Shilling - Victoria Young Head

The Reverse, by Jean Baptiste Merlen, shows the denomination 'ONE SHILLING' below a crown and inside a wreath.

You can see a small number just above the date; this is the die number (on this coin it is 125). Not all shillings have die numbers.

The Obverse shows the third head of Queen Victoria's young head portrait by William Wyon.

Images used by permission of M J Hughes Coins.


Mintage: 8,897,781 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1872 ?
Monarch is Queen Victoria. Prime Minister is William Ewart Gladstone (Liberal). US President is Ulysses S. Grant (R-Ohio). First patent list issued by the U.S. Patent Office. The first ever final of the FA Cup (the world's oldest football competition), Wanderers F.C. beat Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1–0 at The Oval in Kennington, London.
Victoria (1837-1901)
Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. Victoria ruled for 64 years, a record only recently surpassed by Queen Elizabeth II.
 
Victoria's parents were Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathern, and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She married Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who later became known as Prince Albert. Victoria had nine children, the eldest son succeeding her as Edward VII.


Victoria posed for a number of head portraits, but there are generally three major variants: Young Head (1838-1887) by William Wyon, RA; Jubilee Head (1887-1893) by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm and Old Head (1893-1901) by by Sir Thomas Brock.

General Description: Shillings
The Shilling (written 1/-) is one-twentienth of a pound, worth 12 old pence (5 new pence). It is traditionally a silver coin, but since 1947 it has been made from cupro-nickel. Shillings are known as 'Bobs'.

Shillings are old coins and the English shilling has been around since about 1549, although there were 12 pence coins before that called Testoons from about 1489. The British shillings was the continuation from 1707.

After decimalisation on 15 February 1971, the coin was replaced by the five new pence piece. Originally, the 5p coin was the same size as the shilling but was later made much smaller.
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
If you don't see a coin in the list below try the Shillings page on eBay UK

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1872 VICTORIA YOUNG HEAD SILVER SHILLING COIN. DIE No 99. IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION
1872 VICTORIA YOUNG HEAD SILVER SHILLING COIN. DIE No 99. IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION
£ 125.00
UK Silver Shilling 1872 - Victoria Young Head - F
UK Silver Shilling 1872 - Victoria Young Head - F
£ 18.00
1872 Die No 56 Queen Victoria Young Head Silver Shilling Coin
1872 Die No 56 Queen Victoria Young Head Silver Shilling Coin
£ 10.64
1872 VICTORIA YOUNG HEAD SHILLING DIE NUMBER 21 IN A USED FINE CONDITION
1872 VICTORIA YOUNG HEAD SHILLING DIE NUMBER 21 IN A USED FINE CONDITION
£ 25.00
1872 SHILLING Victoria Young head Die 74 Extremely Fine ESC 3042
1872 SHILLING Victoria Young head Die 74 Extremely Fine ESC 3042
£ 135.00
1872 Die no - 6 Queen Victoria Young Head Silver Shilling Coin
1872 Die no - 6 Queen Victoria Young Head Silver Shilling Coin
£ 7.97
THREE 1871/1872 & 1873 VICTORIA YOUNG HEAD SILVER SHILLINGS IN A USED CONDITION
THREE 1871/1872 & 1873 VICTORIA YOUNG HEAD SILVER SHILLINGS IN A USED CONDITION
£ 30.00

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