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1847 Victoria Gothic Crown Unidecimo Very Fine

1847 Queen Victoria Gothic Crown Unidecimo Very Fine Obverse

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A sought after 1847 silver Crown of Queen Victoria. This issue is known as the Gothic Crown because its style was inspired by medieval revivalism, a popular art style of that looked to the middle ages for inspiration. The ornate obverse portrait shows Victoria wearing an ornate dress and crown, a plait looping around her ear. The design, surrounded by a blackletter-style legend is the work of Royal Mint Chief Engraver, William Wyon. He also engraved the reverse though the crowned cruciform shields motif is the work of Scottish artist, William Dyce. The highly detailed design shows national flower emblems in the angles between the shields, representing England, Scotland and Ireland. he edge bears the regnal year - ‘Unidecimo’ - in raised lettering. The Gothic Crown has only become more sought after in recent months with the release of a remastered version as part of The Royal Mint’s Great Engravers series. This attractive original example would be a great addition to any collection. Spink 3883.
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A Very Fine Gothic Crown with an attractive light tone and the regnal year 'unidecimo' to the edge.

A Gothic Masterpiece

Among the most beautiful coins ever minted, Gothic Crowns are scarce and stunning. They feature a remarkable crowned portrait of Queen Victoria, garbed in the trappings of an art movement that was all the rage in the 1840s. Known as Medieval Revival or Victorian Gothic, its proponents - including Royal Mint Chief Engraver, William Wyon - looked to Britains past for inspiration.

The reverse of the 1847 Crown also evokes the Middle Ages. It bears a highly-detailed design composed of four crowned shields and a bloom of national flower emblems, encircled by a blackletter-style legend, redolent of medieval manuscripts. Wyon carved the dies for the reverse but the design is the work of Scottish artist, William Dyce.

It's a captivating piece, entirely distinct in style from UK coinage issued before and after.

Highly Sought After

It's not just the beauty of the Gothic Crown that has made it famous among collectors.

Only around 8,000 were ever struck and a range of variations contributed to immediate interest from collectors. Extant examples appear in silver and gold, most commonly with raised gothic lettering to the edge with the regnal year 'unidecimo' though rare plain and 'septimo' edge 1847 Crowns are also known.

Today, fans can enjoy remastered versions of this iconic design, issued as part of The Royal Mint’s Great Engravers collection in gold as well as the original silver. You can find out more about these new Gothic Crowns on our blog which also dives deeper into the history of the 1847 Gothic Crown.

Graded Very Fine

This coin shows an attractive light tone with some colour between the legends. Some minor scratches and edge knocks are present. Grade: Very Fine.


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