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1885 Queen Victoria Silver Halfcrown Coin Young Head

1885 Queen Victoria Silver Halfcrown Coin Young Head Obverse

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Extremely Fine silver Halfcrown of Queen Victoria, dated 1885. Obverse: type A5 first Young Head portrait of Victoria, facing left, her hair secured with a double ribbon and a tiny braid. Effigy modified from William Wyon’s original engraving for the Queen’s first coinage. Legend reads ‘VICTORIA DEI GRATIA’ with date - 1885 - below. Toothed border and reeded edge. Reverse: crowned, square-topped shield of royal arms surrounded by a wreath of olive leaves, tied at the base with a ribbon. Small national flower emblems below. Legend: ‘BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:’. Engraver: Jean Baptiste Merlen. Victoria reigned from 1837 until 1901 and silver Halfcrown coins were struck in annually in her name from 1839 onwards. Annual mintage for 1885: 1,628,400. Weight: 14.14 grams. Diameter: 32 millimetres. Grade: EF - see photos. References: S 3889, ESC 713.
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Type A5 young uncrowned head of Queen Victoria facing left, hair tied with two bands. No engravers initials, but ascribed to William Wyon. Date below, legend around: 'VICTORIA DEI GRATIA'.


Crowned, square-topped quartered shield of royal arms within two laurel branches, tied with a ribbon. Flower emblems below. Engraver: Jean Baptiste Merlen. Legend: 'BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:'.


British .925 sterling silver coin. Weight: 14.14 grams. Diameter: 32 millimetres.


EF - Extremely fine, see photos.


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