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Victoria Gold Half-Sovereign, Young Head Shield Back Type, 1884

Denomination: Gold half-sovereign

Period: Victorian

Date: 1884

Origin: Tower Hill Mint, London

Condition: F/F+, 22 carat gold 

Obverse: Young bust of the Queen, left, legend around (fifth head type)

Reverse: Crowned shield of arms reaching border, legend and rosettes close to heavy border, no die number below shield 

Size and Weight: 19mm, 3.98g

References: Spink 3861

Features and Provenance: Victoria was born in 1819 and enjoyed the longest reign of any British monarch until, that is, Elizabeth II, 'God Save The Queen'! This long reign resulted in an extensive coinage in gold, silver and copper; additional mints were opened too, in Australia, to produce gold sovereigns. The coinage can be split into three distinct head types: the young head, the Jubilee head (of which our coin is an example) and the 'old' head. The young head, showing the Queen with her hair in a bun was used until she was 68! For her 50th year on the throne in 1887, the head was updated showing her wearing her smaller imperial crown which she had made in 1870 so she could wear it on state occasions over her widow's cap (Albert, her beloved husband, had died in 1861). The final bust, issued in 1893, shows a mature Victoria, veiled. She died in 1901 at the age of 82.

 

 

 

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible

 

 

 

 

 

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