Reverse Design Comparison of Victoria Jubilee Sovereigns

Author: Lawrence Chard - Director and Expert Numismatist

Published: 28 Feb 2018

Last Updated: 24 Mar 2020



The Victoria Jubilee Sovereign has numerous reverse designs, in this blog we will explore both varients of the St George and the Dragon design Between 1887 and 1892. If you are looking to buy Victoria Jubilee sovereigns please follow this link.

Reverse of First Type Victoria Jubilee Sovereign

There are two reverse types of Victoria Jubilee gold sovereigns. The first type was issued from 1887 to 1990 inclusive, and features s horse with a short tail. The second type, issued from 1891 to 1893 only, has a different reverse, the most easily noticeable feature of which is that the horse has a longer tail. Only quite recently has a rare variety of 1891 London Mint sovereign been discovered which uses the reverse design of the earlier type. This remains unlisted in Marsh*, but we spoke to Michael Marsh in early 2005, and he stated that he had been aware of it prior to the publication of the 2002 Golden Jubilee edition of "The Gold Sovereign", but had not felt confident that enough research had been done to warrant publication. He had intended to include it in an updated edition, but sadly has since died. 

1890 Gold Victoria Sovereign St George and the Dragon Benedetto Pistrucci
1890 Victoria Jubilee Sovereigns St George and the Dragon Benedetto Pistrucci

Reverse of Second Type Victoria Jubilee Sovereign

The most easily spotted difference for most people is the longer tail on the horse, although most if not all of the tail appears to have been recut.

Further Reading

If you would like to know more about the gold sovereign coin and perhaps some of numismatics most influencila figures and moments we recomend the following:

The Story of the Sovereign 

The 2020 Sovereign 

Buying Gold from The Royal Mint Could Change  

Jody Clark Engraver of Queen Elizabeth Fifth Portrait 

Expensive Novelty Coin Gifts and Marketing Trickery

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