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1889 Queen Victoria Silver Halfcrown Coin Jubilee Head

1889 Queen Victoria Silver Halfcrown Coin Jubilee Head Obverse

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Beautiful silver Halfcrown of Queen Victoria, dated 1889: die 3+C. Obverse: left-facing Jubilee Head portrait of the Queen. She’s shown wearing the Small Diamond Crown, a long Lacey veil and various jewels. Legend around reads: ‘VICTORIA DEI GRATIA’. Tiny ‘J.E.B.’ initials to shoulder for the artist, Joseph Edgar Boehm. Reverse: shield of royal arms surmounted by a large crown in front of decorative garter and collar. Tiny St George and the dragon motif divides the date: 1889. Legend reads: ‘BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:’. Artist: Leonard Charles Wyon. The so-called Jubilee Head first appeared on British coinage in the year of Victoria’s Golden Jubilee (1887) when she marked 50 years on the throne. The lace veil was a nod to the state of perpetual mourning that the Queen entered following the death of her consort, Prince Albert. While she typically wore the Small Diamond Crown in her later years, the appearance and position of the headwear was mocked by contemporary pundits. The design was replaced with the Widowed Head after only a few years of use. This Victorian coin weighs 14.18 grams and measures 32.2 millimetres from milled edge to milled edge. Grade: Good Extremely Fine - Bright with few hairlines and contact marks. References: S 3924.
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Obverse

Second portrait, '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

Leonard Charles Wyon's crowned shield of arms within garter and chain office. Date divided below by tiny St George and the dragon motif. Legend reads: 'BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:'. Garter reads: 'HONI · SOIT · QUI | MAL · Y · PENSE ··'.

Specification

British sterling silver coin, struck for circulation. Weight: 14.18 grams. Diameter: 32.2 millimetres. Edge: milled.

Grade

GEF - Bright with few hairlines and contact marks.

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