The longest-reigning British monarch before the rise of Elizabeth II was her great-great-grandmother Victoria I. Among the gold coins for sale in the gold sovereign range, those coins with the bust of Victoria I remain today due to the 63 years she ruled and the long period of coining. Today, Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coins are available to you online from Wall Street Metals.
- Issued from 1837 until 1901!
- Contains .2354 Troy oz of actual gold content.
- On the obverse is one of four possible effigies of Queen Victoria I.
- The reverse includes either the St. George design or the so-called Shield Back.
Queen Victoria Is reign of 63 years shattered the record for the longest reign by a British monarch to date. She ruled the kingdom from the early portions of the 19th century through to the first years of the 20th century, overseeing the expansion of the kingdom globally. Gold sovereigns from her era come with one of four possible designs.
Early in her reign, the Great Britain Gold Sovereigns of the Victorian Era included one of two so-called Young Head designs. These left-profile portraits captured Victoria I at a young, tender age. The first Victorian Sovereigns were issued in 1837 with the Shield Back design, breaking from the use of the St. George design. These were issued from 1837 to 1887.
From 1872 until 1887, the Royal Mint actually ran the concurrent production of two different Great Britain Gold Sovereigns. The Shield Back designs continued until 1887, but in 1872 the depiction of St. George was returned to the coinage and struck concurrently through 1887 with the Shield Back.
The obverse of Great Britain Gold Sovereigns issued from 1887 to 1893 featured the Victoria Jubilee design. This left-profile bust of the Queen was based upon a statue carved of Her Majesty in honor of her Golden Jubilee marking 50 years on the throne of England. Finally, the Old Head designs captured Queen Victoria I as an older woman during the waning years of reign as Queen of England. These gold sovereigns were in circulation from 1893 until her death in 1901.
On the reverse of all Great Britain Gold Sovereigns of the Victorian Era struck after 1887 is St. George and the dragon. The Benedetto Pistrucci design was created in 1817 for King George IIIs inaugural gold sovereign reissue in that same year.
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