1887 Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee Eleven-Coin Set: A Glimpse into Royal Numismatic History
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1887 eleven-coin specimen set celebrates Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, a momentous occasion marked by both numismatic art and historical significance. This meticulously curated set consists of four gold coins: a Five Pound, Two Pound, Sovereign, and Half Sovereign; as well as seven silver coins: a Crown, Double Florin, Half Crown, Florin, Shilling, Sixpence, and Threepence, all bearing the hallmark 1887 date.
Joseph Edgar Boehm's illustrious Jubilee Portrait of Victoria, crafted specifically for this jubilee, adorns each coin. This portrait not only symbolizes the royal celebration but also heralds a significant year in British numismatics, wherein the gold Five Pound coin was introduced into circulation, and the second circulating gold Two Pound coin made its debut.
Specifications of select coins in this set:
Five Pound (gold): Known for its impressive size and weight, this coin features St. George slaying the dragon on the reverse and Victoria's jubilee portrait on the obverse. Weighing approximately 39.94 grams and composed of 22-carat gold, it remains a symbol of British numismatic history.
Two Pound (gold): This coin introduces the magnificent George and Dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci on the reverse, complementing Boehm's portrait of the queen. It weighs approximately 15.98 grams and is also made of 22-carat gold.
Sovereign (gold): Another embodiment of Pistrucci's artistry, the sovereign features the same George and Dragon design, weighing about 7.98 grams and crafted from 22-carat gold.
Crown (silver): This coin exhibits Victoria enclosed by the legend "VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D:" on the obverse and a heraldic design on the reverse. Weighing roughly 28.28 grams, the Crown was crafted from .925 sterling silver.
Double Florin (silver): One of the larger silver coins, the Double Florin was notable for its short-lived circulation. Also made from .925 sterling silver, it showcases the royal coat of arms on the reverse and weighs around 22.6 grams.