• 1897 Victoria Old Head Silver Crown Reverse St George and the Dragon Benedetto Pistrucci
    Reverse graded 'VF/aVF'
  • 1897 Victoria Old Head Silver Crown Obverse Veiled Head Widow Head Vieled Victoria Sir Thomas Brock
    Obverse graded 'VF/aVF'
  • 1897 Victoria Old Head Silver Crown Reverse St George and the Dragon Benedetto Pistrucci
  • 1897 Victoria Old Head Silver Crown Obverse Veiled Head Widow Head Vieled Victoria Sir Thomas Brock
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1897 Victoria Old Head Silver Crown Coin

The 1897 Victoria Old Head crown with the St George and the dragon reverse. 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.

Spink reference number 3937. There are two types for this year LX edge inscription or LXI edge inscription. 

As of Nov 2019, we currently have the coin photographed in stock (grade VF on the obverse and aVF on the obverse).

Photographs shown may not be the actual coin and may differ in terms of grade, die numbers, design flaws and other minor details.

from £95.00

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The Victoria Old Head obverse design was used on crowns from 1893 until 1900. Refered to as the widow head, the old head or, frequently and accurately known as the veiled head.

The crown was still very much a currently circulating coin, as most examples of crowns from this period occur in heavily worn condition. We offer specimens for sale from our stock in various grades.


The edge is inscribed in raised lettering, with six pointed stars as separators:


This is 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 one date, and in the second half of the year, the next date.


Older, veiled portrait of Queen Victoria, crowned, facing left. The engraver's initials T.B. appear raised beneath the head:



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.


Silver Weight Troy Ounces0.168
Fineness / Carat0.925 Sterling
Spink Reference3,937
Obverse DesignerThomas Brock
Reverse DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
Issuing Monarch Victoria (1837-1901)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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VFaVF£95.00Out Of Stock
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Date Obverse Reverse Price
14 June 2020 VF aVF £95.00
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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

Gold investment products are VAT free. Silver investment products are inclusive of VAT at the current rate unless otherwise stated.

All investment products are based on the live precious metal price. Prices will be fixed once the item has been added to the basket and recalculates just before checking out. 

If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item, it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes; therefore, some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows.

Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 

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We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders under £1500 there is no additional fee.
  • Orders over £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to call the showroom on +441253343081 and one of our team can discuss your purchase. 

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