1896-S Queen Victoria Widow Head Gold Sovereign (Sydney)
The Widow or Veiled head coinage marks the end of the Victorian era which spanned 64 years now the second longest of any remaining British Monarch to our present Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal Mint took the decision to replace the somewhat unpopular Jubilee bust sovereign, 6 designs were submitted by Royal Academy sculptors. The now famous Thomas Brock design was chosen to much acclaim, and was engraved into metal by the mints chief engraver George W De Saulles, who would later go on himself to design the obverse of the King Edward VII coinage. The Widow head coinage includes the initials T.B. under the queens bust, with new legend now including 'Empress of India'.
You will receive the date of your choice in About Extremely Fine condition with remaining lustre, and will be from one of the Mints operating at the time, London, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney. The Mint mark for Widow head sovereigns can be found within the ground line above the date on the reverse of the coin. NB: Sovereigns struck at the London Mint do not have a mint mark. Your full gold sovereign will be supplied within a luxury case unique to us as these are normally only supplied with special proof sovereigns supplied by the Royal Mint.
Queen’s veiled head crowned facing to the left, type often described as the 'Old or Widow head series'. Garter Riband and Star, initials 'T.P.' below truncation denoting engraver Thomas Brock. St.George mounted with sword attacking the dragon, date appears below the exergue (ground) line at the bottom with the small letters B.P. to the right.
Struck - Sydney Mint Australia ('S')
Obverse Legend: VICTORIA.DEl.GRA.BRITT.REGINA.FID.DEF.IND.IMP.
Milled: Rev: BP: Benedetto Pistrucci
- Struck in 22ct gold
- Weight: 7.98g / Diameter: 22.05mm
- Obverse by Thomas Brock
- Featuring Reverse design of St George & the dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci
- Die Axis: ↑ ↑
We endeavour to keep all years available, the image is of the coin you will receive some years may not be available due to rarity, if you are interested in the rare examples not on offer here, please contact us
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