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1901 Queen Victoria Gold Full Sovereign Perth Mint Widowed Veiled Old Head Coin

1901 Queen Victoria Gold Full Sovereign Perth Mint Widowed Veiled Old Head Coin Reverse

Buy a 1901 Queen Victoria Gold Full Sovereign Perth Mint Widowed Veiled Old Head Coin

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Final Perth Mint Sovereigns from the reign of Queen Victoria. Victoria became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1837 and would rule for 63 years during a period of political, cultural and industrial change that came to be known as the Victorian era. Victoria passed away in January 1901 though 1901-dated Sovereigns were struck with her image. These Perth Mint Sovereigns feature the so-called 'Old Head' or 'Widowed Head' portrait of Victoria, wearing a long draped veil and a small diadem. It's the work of Sir Thomas Brock, an English sculptor and medallist. This portrait is paired with the instantly recognisable image of England's patron saint, St George, in the act of slaying a dragon from horseback. This classic Sovereign design was created in 1817 for the first modern Sovereigns. A tiny 'P' mintmark can be seen on the ground below the rearing horse, indicating that these coins were struck in Perth, Western Australia. Very few Victorian Sovereigns were produced by the Perth branch of the Royal Mint which opened at the end of Victoria's reign in 1899. These coins were struck like their London Mint counterparts in exactly 7.98 grams of 22-carat gold with a diameter of 22.05 millimetres. Please note that the images on this page are stock photos and the coin you receive may differ in grade, wear pattern and minor design details. 1901 annual mintage for Perth: 2,889,333. References: Marsh 173, S 3876. Minimum grade: VF (Very Fine) or better.
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Perth Mint 1901 gold 'full' Sovereign: the final issue from the reign of Queen Victoria (Marsh 173, S 3876).

Obverse Of 1901 Perth Sovereigns

Sir Thomas Brock's portrait of Queen Victoria appears on the obverse, known as the 'Old Head', 'Veiled Head' or 'Widowed Head'. The legend around reads 'VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·'.

Perth 1901 Gold Sovereign Reverse

The reverse of 1901 Perth Mint Sovereigns features the classic St George and the dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci. A tiny 'P' mintmark is shown to the ground below the dragon, indicating that this coin was struck at the Perth Mint in Western Australia. The date appears at the base of the coin.

Perth Mint Old Head Gold Sovereigns

Victorian Perth Mint Sovereigns were only struck in three years: 1899, 1900 and 1901. These coins are composed of 7.98 grams of 22-carat gold with an actual gold weight of 0.2354 troy ounces. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres. Edge: milled. Finish: circulated.

Graded Victorian Gold Perth Sovereigns

Our 1901-dated Perth Mint Sovereigns are graded Very Fine or better. Coins described as 'Very Fine' or 'VF' are those that have seen limited circulation with some wear to the high points and fine details. The images on this page are stock photos but give a good indication of the type and grade of coin you can expect to receive.


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