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. Contact us if you require a photograph prior to purchase.
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:
DECUS ET TUTAMEN ANNO REGNI
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:
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.
|Silver Weight Troy Ounces||0.168|
|Fineness / Carat||0.925 Sterling|
|Obverse Designer||Thomas Brock|
|Reverse Designer||Benedetto Pistrucci|
|Issuing Monarch||Victoria (1837-1901)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
|Obverse Grade||Reverse Grade||Price||Availability|
|VF||aVF||£95.00||Out of Stock|
|14 June 2020||VF||aVF||£95.00|
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