Information about effigy: Queen Victoria - Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head)

Queen Victoria - Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head)
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 1839 Una and the Lion

Young effigy of Queen Victoria, facing left; the portrait is by William Wyon and is widely known as the "Young head". The Queen's hair is bound with a double fillet and collected into a knot behind.

William Wyon RA (1795 - 29 October 1851) was official chief engraver at the Royal Mint from 1828 until his death. His name is well known among coin and medal collectors because of his prodigious output and artistic skill. He also designed the effigy of King William IV in 1830, working from the bust by Sir Francis Chantrey.

The Young Head portrait graced Victoria's coinage from 1838 to 1860 on the pennies, halfpennies and farthings, and the rest of the British coinage until 1887 and even as late as 1895 on some colonial bronze coins. There were a number of slight modifications during this time, known as simply the "Young Head" / "First Head", "Second Head", "Third Head", "Fourth Head" and "Fifth Head"; they differ by some details in the fillets in the Queen's hair, or by the quality of execution; later ones have lower relief and are of a visibly lower quality.

Queen Victoria - Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) - Example/s on coins
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 1839 Una and the Lion

Young Head on gold: obverse of Una and the Lion

United Kingdom / Five Pounds 1839 Una and the Lion

The obverse of the iconic "Una and the Lion" five-pound coin.

United Kingdom / Halfcrown 1839

Young head on silver: obverse of proof halfcrown

United Kingdom / Halfcrown 1839

The original portrait (not modified) on an early proof coin.

United Kingdom / Halfpenny 1860 (Large)

Young Head of Queen Victoria on copper proof

United Kingdom / Halfpenny 1860 (Large)

The "Young Head" portrait of Queen Victoria on an extremely rare 1860 copper proof halfpenny which was part of the Sydney Mint's exhibit at the 1879 Sydney International Exhibition, now in the collection of Museums Victoria (Melbourne).

Queen Victoria - Portrait by William Wyon (Young Head) - (606) Coins (Page 1 of 7)
CountryNameMintageLegend
United Kingdom Sovereign 1837 Victoria unknown VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1837
United Kingdom Fourpence 1837 (Victoria, Proof only) unknown VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Halfpenny 1838 456,960 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1838
United Kingdom Sixpence 1838 1,607,760 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:
United Kingdom Threepence 1838 (Circulating) 1,203,840 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1838 1,956,240 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:
United Kingdom Sovereign 1838 2,718,694 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1838
United Kingdom Fourpence 1838 2,150,280 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Twopence 1838 (Circulating) 1,045,000 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Farthing 1838 591,360 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1838
United Kingdom Twopence 1838 (Maundy) 4,158 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Fourpence 1838 (Maundy) 4,158 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1838 273,341 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1838
United Kingdom Three Halfpence 1838 539,000 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Threepence 1838 (Maundy) 4,158 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Penny 1838 (Maundy) 4,158 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Twopence 1839 (Maundy) 4,125 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1839 5,666,760 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:
United Kingdom Fourpence 1839 (Maundy) 4,125 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Sovereign 1839 503,695 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1839
United Kingdom Five Pounds 1839 Una and the Lion 400 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIARUM REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Threepence 1839 (Maundy) 4,125 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Half Farthing 1839 2,042,880 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F : D:
United Kingdom Farthing 1839 4,300,800 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1839
United Kingdom Penny 1839 (Maundy) 4,125 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Sixpence 1839 3,310,560 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:
United Kingdom Crown 1839 (Proof only) unknown VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1839
United Kingdom Halfpenny 1839 (Proof only) unknown VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1839
United Kingdom Fourpence 1839 1,461,240 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Penny 1839 (Proof only) unknown VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1839
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1839 unknown VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1839
United Kingdom Three Halfpence 1839 760,000 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1839 (Proof only) 1,230 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1839
United Kingdom Threepence 1839 (Circulating) 570,240 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Quarter Farthing 1839 3,840,000 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Sixpence 1840 2,098,800 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:
United Kingdom Threepence 1840 (Circulating) 633,600 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Penny 1840 (Maundy) 4,125 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Fourpence 1840 1,496,880 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Farthing 1840 3,010,560 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1840
United Kingdom Fourpence 1840 (Maundy) 4,125 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Three Halfpence 1840 95,000 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1840 386,496 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1840
United Kingdom Threepence 1840 (Maundy) 4,125 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Twopence 1840 (Maundy) 4,125 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1840 1,639,440 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:
United Kingdom Halfpenny 1841 1,075,200 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1841
United Kingdom Twopence 1841 (Maundy) 2,574 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Three Halfpence 1841 158,000 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Penny 1841 (Maundy) 2,574 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Sixpence 1841 1,386,000 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1841 508,835 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1841
United Kingdom Fourpence 1841 (Maundy) 2,574 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Penny 1841 913,920 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1841
United Kingdom Fourpence 1841 344,520 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Farthing 1841 1,720,320 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1841
United Kingdom Threepence 1841 (Maundy) 2,574 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Threepence 1841 (Circulating) 443,520 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Sovereign 1841 124,054 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1841
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1841 42,768 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1841
United Kingdom Shilling 1841 875,160 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:
United Kingdom Three Halfpence 1842 1,869,000 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Half Farthing 1842 unknown VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F : D:
United Kingdom Sovereign 1842 4,865,375 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1842
United Kingdom Fourpence 1842 724,680 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Farthing 1842 1,290,240 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1842
United Kingdom Penny 1842 (Maundy) 4,125 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Sixpence 1842 601,920 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1842 2,094,840 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1842 2,223,352 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1842
United Kingdom Fourpence 1842 (Maundy) 4,125 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Twopence 1842 (Maundy) 4,125 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1842 486,288 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1842
United Kingdom Threepence 1842 (Maundy) 4,125 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Threepence 1842 (Circulating) 2,027,520 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Farthing 1843 4,085,760 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1843
United Kingdom Half Farthing 1843 3,440,640 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F : D:
United Kingdom Fourpence 1843 1,817,640 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Shilling 1843 1,465,200 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F: D:
United Kingdom Fourpence 1843 (Maundy) 4,158 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Sixpence 1843 3,160,080 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:
United Kingdom Penny 1843 483,840 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1843
United Kingdom Twopence 1843 (Maundy) 4,158 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Sovereign 1843 5,981,968 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1843
United Kingdom Threepence 1843 (Maundy) 4,158 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Threepence 1843 (Circulating) 2,027,520 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Three Halfpence 1843 475,000 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Halfpenny 1843 967,680 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1843
United Kingdom Penny 1843 (Maundy) 4,158 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Twopence 1843 (Circulating) 903,000 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Halfcrown 1843 454,608 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1843
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1843 1,251,762 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1843
United Kingdom Third Farthing 1844 1,301,040 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1844
United Kingdom Halfpenny 1844 1,075,200 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1844
United Kingdom Half Sovereign 1844 1,127,007 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1844
United Kingdom Sixpence 1844 3,975,846 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG: F:D:
United Kingdom Fourpence 1844 855,360 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Sovereign 1844 3,000,445 VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1844
United Kingdom Penny 1844 (Maundy) 4,158 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
United Kingdom Threepence 1844 (Maundy) 4,158 VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
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