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  • Victoria milled gold and silver coins - Large denominations

    Victoria (1819 - 1901)

    Queen Victoria Queen Victoria was the longest reigning British monarch and the figurehead of a vast empire. She oversaw vast changes in British society and gave her name to an age

    Victoria was born in London on 24 May 1819, the only child of Edward, Duke of Kent, and Victoria Maria Louisa of Saxe-Coburg. She succeeded her uncle, William IV, in 1837, at the age of 18, and her reign dominated the rest of the century. In 1840 she married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha. For the next 20 years they lived in close harmony and had a family of nine children, many of whom eventually married into the European monarchy.

    On her accession, Victoria adopted the Whig prime minister Lord Melbourne as her political mentor. In 1840, his influence was replaced by that of Prince Albert. The German prince never really won the favour of the British public, and only after 17 years was he given official recognition, with the title of Prince Consort. However, Victoria relied heavily on Albert and it was during his lifetime that she was most active as a ruler. Britain was evolving into a constitutional monarchy in which the monarch had few powers and was expected to remain above party politics, although Victoria did sometimes express her views very forcefully in private.

    Victoria never fully recovered from Albert's death in 1861 and she remained in mourning for the rest of her life. Her subsequent withdrawal from public life made her unpopular, but during the late 1870s and 1880s she gradually returned to public view and, with increasingly pro-imperial sentiment, she was restored to favour with the British public. After the Indian Mutiny in 1857, the government of India was transferred from the East India Company to the Crown and in 1877, Victoria became Empress of India. Her empire also included Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand, and large parts of Africa. During this period, Britain was largely uninvolved in European affairs, apart from involvement in the Crimean War (1853 - 1856).

    In 1887, Victoria's Golden Jubilee and, 10 years later, her Diamond Jubilee were celebrated with great enthusiasm. Having witnessed a revolution in British government, huge industrial expansion and the growth of a worldwide empire, Victoria died on 22 January 1901 at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.

    Full Sovereigns - 8.0g, 22.05mm

    The sovereign is a gold coin of the United Kingdom, with a nominal value of one pound sterling but in practice used as a bullion coin.

    Named after the English gold sovereign, last minted in 1604, the name was revived with the Great Recoinage of 1816.Minting these new sovereigns began in 1817. The gold content was fixed by the coin act of 1816 at 1320/5607 (0.235420) troy ounces (7.322381 g), nearly equivalent to 113 grains. This weight has remained practically constant to the present day (some infinitesimally minute changes have resulted from its legal redefinition in the metric system of weights).

    Sovereigns were minted in the United Kingdom from 1817 to 1917, in 1925, and from 1957. Australia, India, Canada, and South Africa all occasionally minted the coins.


    1892 Victoria old bust



    1869 - young bust

    8.04g, 22mm



    1853 Australian Victoria full sovereign gold coin 1870
    1891 Victoria old bust 1891 Victoria old bust
    1894 Victoria old bust  
    Half Sovereigns - 3.99g, 19.30mm
    1900 1842
    1853 1855
    1865 1865
    1844 1844
    1844 1856 Australian half sovereign - Sydney Mint
    1901 1894
    1897 1844



    1876 1842
    1846 1846
    1899 1865
    1867 1842
    1841 Half sovereign
    1866 1853
    1841 1842
    1894 1842




    1885 1853
    1895 1899
    1859 1842
    Taco'd 19thC  
    Milled silver Florins - 24 pence

    1863 Gothic numeral


    1863 Gothic numeral


    1859 Gothic numeral


    1859 Gothic numeral



    1859 Gothic numeral

    1849 1864 Gothic numeral
    1859 1858

    Size comparison - florin to half crown

    Milled silver Half Crown (30 pence)

    1846 1892
    1845 1883
    1880 1901 1890  
    1901 1894
    1850 1883
    Crown - 60 pence
    1890 1845


    Victoria small denomination silver coins click here