The obverse: The mints were pressed to keep pace with Queen Victoria's 64 year reign. Several different portraits were utilized beginning with the Young Head Portrait (1838-1887), followed by the Jubilee Head design meant to commemorate the 50th year of Queen Victoria's rule (1887-1893) and finally the Veil Head design (1893-1901) which features the mature Victoria. The bust is surrounded by writing “VICTORIA DEI GRA BRITT REGINA FID DFF IND IMP” (Victoria by the Grace of God Queen of the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India). The obverse is designed by Sir Thomas Brock.
The reverse has the famous motif of St. George slaying the dragon. The date of release is at the bottom. The reverse was designed by Bendetto Pistrucci.
Photo is illustrative!
The Queen Victoria sovereign gold coins invoke a special nostalgia for a time when the British Navy ruled the seas, and the sun never set on the Empire. London flourished as the trading and financial capital of the world; Britain became the center of rapid technological innovation; and India glittered as the Crown Jewel of the Empire. The gold Sovereign came to symbolize British financial solidity and to this day enjoys a strong international market, wide-spread recognition and strong liquidity.
Gold weight: 7.315 g
Coin weight: 7.988 g