Reverse Design Comparison of Victoria Jubilee Sovereigns

Author: Lawrence Chard - Chairman and CEO

Published: 28 Feb 2018

Last Updated: 24 Dec 2022


We compare the reverse designs of both versions of Victoria Jubilee gold sovereigns, first type short tailed horse 1887 to 1891, long tail 1891 &1892.


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.

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