2019 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Victoria Gold Proof 5 oz Coin.
In 2019, the Royal Mint issued a striking five ounce gold proof coin to commemorate 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria and her husband, Price Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. It has a face value of ten pounds sterling, a rather unusual denomination for the coin's size.
The coin comes complete with a presentation box and certificate of authenticity, and has an extremely low issue limit: just 70.
Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent was born on the 24th of May 1819 to the Duke and Duchess of Kent. Her reign would come to define and age, and would prove to be the longest reign in the history of the British Monarchy, beating that of George III, in whose reign she was only just born into.
Even before Victoria became Queen, the subject of who would make a suitable husband for her was seriously considered, with the main contenders being Prince Alexander of the Netherlands and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha. Victoria eventually settled upon Prince Albert, and as Queen, she proposed marriage to him in October 1839 and married him in February the following year.
Albert came to have a profound influence over Victoria, becoming her personal secretary and closest confidante. During the rest of their married life together, Albert was, if not the power behind the throne, certainly the single most powerful influence over it.
The obverse, showing the fifth definitive portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, was designed by British engraver, Jody Clark. The inscription reads:
ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·10 POUNDS·2019·
The reverse design, by William Wyon, features a conjoined portrait of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The design was originally commissioned for a medal issued for the Great Exhibition of 1851. The inscription reads:
VICTORIA REGINA + ALBERTUS PRINCEPS CONJUX MDCCCXIX
|Weight / Size||5 Ounce|
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||5.02|
|Fineness / Carat||0.9999 / 24|
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer||William Wyon|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
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