There are two different edge inscriptions of this year crown, one with the regal year LVIII and the other with the regal year LIX.
The edge inscription will show under style, once a grade has been chosen.
Lower graded coins (fair), may not have the regal year visible on the edge of the coin.
The pictures shown may not be the coin you receive.
Photographs shown may not be the actual coin and may differ in terms of grade, die numbers, design flaws and other minor details. Contact us if you require a photograph prior to purchase.
The Veiled or Old Head Design
The Victoria Old Head obverse design was used on crowns from 1893 until 1900 . It was the third major portrait type of Victoria's reign. Called by some the widow head, this is not particularly accurate as Prince Albert had died in 1861, and the old head was not used until 1893. It is also frequently and accurately known as the veiled head.
Older, veiled portrait of Queen Victoria, crowned, facing left. The engraver's initials T.B. appear raised beneath the head.
VICTORIA DEI GRA BRITT REGINA FID DEF IND IMP
The reverse features Benedetto Pistrucci's magnificent design of St. George on horseback slaying the dragon, first used on gold sovereigns of George III in 1817. The initials B.P. appear in the exergue to the right of the date.
There is no legend on the reverse, apart from the date in the exergue.
The edge is inscribed in raised lettering, with six pointed stars as separators:
DECUS ET TUTAMEN ANNO REGNI
Followed by the regnal date in Roman numerals. For every year, there are two different regnal years on the edge, coins issued in the first half of each year bearing LVIII, and in the second half of the year; LIX
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