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1893-1901 British Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head w/Veil Avg Circ

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1893-1901 British Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head w/Veil Avg Circ


During the Victorian Era, from 1838 to 1901, the British Empire rose to its pinnacle of glory. The Capital of England, London now came to be known as the world capital of trading and finance as well. Which lead Britain to become the hub for technological innovations. British Gold Sovereign coins were struck for Victoria from 1838‐1901 and became the symbol of British financial solidity. Her rule was for a long 63 years and millions of sovereigns were minted at that time. They are divided into three main groups: Young Head (1837‐1887), Jubilee Head (1887‐1893), and Old Head (1893‐1901).

Coin Features:

  • Contains .2354 Troy Ounce of .9167 fine gold.
  • Average Circulated Condition.
  • Each sovereign coin will be shipped in protective plastic flips. Larger quantity will be shipped in protective plastic tubes.
  • Obverse: Features a leftward facing regal bust portrait of Queen Victoria showing her in mourning with a veil draped over the crown. The main device is surrounded by inscriptions “VICTORIA DEI GRA BRITT REGINA FID DEF IND IMP,” that translates as "Victoria by the Grace of God King of the Britons, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India." A design by Sir Thomas Brock.
  • Reverse: Features the iconic design by Italian engraver Benedetto Pistrucci of St. George mounted on horseback slaying a dragon. Inscriptions: Year of Mintage, Initials of Designer “B.P.”
  • Minted at the British Royal Mint and other Commonwealth Mints.
  • Dates and mint mark will be chosen randomly between 1893 and 1901 based on availability.

Although sovereign coins came into existence in 1489, it reached its highest glory as symbol of financial solidity during the long reigning period of Queen Victoria (1838‐1901). Her rule had expanded even to the shores of India which was the prized possession of British Empire and the sovereigns were minted in millions for trade and commerce which circulated around the world and has worldwide recognition.

Victorian Era sovereigns are divided into three main divisions; Young Head (1837‐1887), which features the bust portrait of a very young queen Victoria after ascending the throne, Jubilee Head (1887‐1893) features a bust portrait of middle‐aged Victoria wearing a small crown on her head, and Old Head (1893‐1901) features a bust portrait of an old Victoria who is in mourning and can be seen wearing a veil over her crown.

In 1891 a committee was formed which selected 8 artists who were either a member or associate of Royal Academy who were asked to design two portraits each for the new coin. Out of all the designs, Sir Thomas Brock’s design was selected which showed a leftward facing mature‐looking and majestic bust portrait of Queen Victoria who is in mourning and is featured wearing a veil over her crown and also wearing the ribbon and star of the Garter. The new coin featured lengthier legend which almost encircles the main device. The inscriptions are "VICTORIA DEI GRA BRITT REGINA FID DEF IND IMP" that translates as "Victoria by the Grace of God King of the Britons, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India." The Empress of India title was conferred in 1876.

The reverse featured the iconic design by Italian engraver Benedetto Pistrucci of St. George mounted on horseback slaying a dragon. The year of mintage is featured at the bottom. Mint marks (M, P, or S) can also be identified under the right rear hoof of the horse. Sovereigns minted at the Royal Mint do not have mint marks.

The last period of Queen Victoria’s reign was considered the most prosperous and peaceful one. Although she had gone into a long period of mourning after her husband’s death on December 14, 1861, she still went ahead with her duties which made her rule a glorious one and England had seen a tremendous advancement socially, economically, and technologically.

The old heads are prized coins for collectors and investors due to its age, historical significance, beautiful detailed design, and the high intrinsic value.

Bullion Exchanges is pleased to offer you these 1893‐1901 British Gold Sovereign Victoria Old Head w/Veil Avg Circ coins at one of the most competitive prices in the industry.

Feel free to browse our vast collection of popular silver collection other than British Gold Coins like the American Gold Eagles and Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins today.

Contact us at 800‐852‐6884 if you have any questions in regards to Sovereign gold coins or any other British gold coins.

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