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1889 Victoria Double Florin Jubilee Head

1889 Victoria Silver Double Florin Obverse

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£140.00
A silver Double Florin of Queen Victoria, dated 1889: now very popular and collectible. The obverse features the divisive ‘Jubilee Head’ - a crowned bust of Victoria, facing left by Joseph Edgar Boehm. His initials appear on the Queen’s shoulder. The reverse shows four crowned shields of arms, arranged in a cruciform pattern and representing England, Scotland and Wales. A garter star appears in the centre and sceptres appear in the angles, terminating in national emblems. The date in the legend is split by a crown. Double Florins were a short lived British coin, produced for only four years between 1887 and 1890. They are a very similar size to Crown coins and the ease of substituting one for another when money changed hands led to them being referred to as ‘Barmaids Ruin’ or ‘Barmaids Grief’ - a blight in dimly lit Victorian pubs. Weight: 22.62 grams, diameter: 36 millimetres. Grade: EF - A bright coin with some mint lustre, especially between letters, some blue deposit (not corrosion) to Irish harp area: approaching Extremely Fine. Spink 3923.
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Obverse

Jubilee Head: crowned and veiled portrait of Queen Victoria, facing left. 'J.E.B.' below for engraver Joseph Edgar Boehm. Legend around: 'VICTORIA DEI GRATIA'.

Reverse

Crowned cruciform shields of royal arms, garter star at the centre with sceptres in the angles, date split by crown. Engraver: Leonard C Wyon.  Legend: 'REG: FID: DEF: BRITT:'.

Grade

EF - A bright coin with some mint lustre, especially between letters, some blue deposit (not corrosion) to Irish harp area: approaching Extremely Fine.

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