- Commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Famous Monarch
- Two coin set Features Queen Victoria’s Great Seal of the Realm
- Available in Proof Sterling Silver, Uncirculated Cupro Nickel, and Gold
Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the release of a beautiful new set of coins on behalf of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands to mark the Bi-Centenary of the Birth of Queen Victoria.
Born on May 24, 1819, at Kensington Palace, Victoria was christened ‘Alexandrina Victoria’ but from birth was formally addressed as Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria of Kent. Victoria’s first language was German, but at three years old she learned to speak English and French. She became Queen Victoria at 18 and was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from June 20, 1837, until her death on January 22, 1901. Her reign of 63 years, seven months and two days was longer than that of any of her predecessors. The Victorian Era was a period of great change in Britain, with the Empire expanding to the largest that had ever existed, ruling nearly a quarter of the world’s population.
Captain James Cook first landed on South Georgia in 1775 and claimed the island for Great Britain. The claim was then formalized in 1843 by the issuing of Letters Patent. These Legal documents issued by the Monarch enabled the formal creation of a government for the islands. Letters Patent are made official with the inclusion of the Great Seal of the Realm. This is created when sealing wax is melted into a metal mold and impressed into a wax disc that is attached to a cord or ribbon to documents that the Monarch wishes to make official. As the British Letters Patent were issued during Queen Victoria’s reign, they would have been endorsed by her Great Seal.
It is therefore particularly apt that to mark this anniversary the two coins from South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands feature images from Queen Victoria’s Great Seal. The first coin shows the reverse of the Great Seal of Queen Victoria. This particularly intricate design shows the Queen seated on a throne with the symbolic figures of Justice and Religion seated on either side. The Royal Arms and crown are shown below wreathed with oaks and roses. The second coin in the set shows the obverse of the seal with Queen Victoria riding on horseback, crowned and holding a scepter. A page is shown alongside who is holding the horse’s reins.
The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II produced exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
Available as a two-coin set or individual coins, the Proof Sterling Silver and the Proof Fine 1/25oz Gold coins are shipped encapsulated in an acrylic capsule for protection and housed in a stunning red box with a Certificate of Authenticity. The Cupro Nickel coins are shipped in a tubes, Pobjoy Mint blue presentation pouches or red boxes are extra.
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