Gold Sovereigns are the best known and most widely acclaimed gold bullion coins in the world. Packed with history, they have carried the traditional weight, size and design for almost 200 years. Queen Victoria gold Sovereigns represent the most peaceful, prosperous and progressive period of British history, the period of the great British Empire.
Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria, 1819-1901) was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, London, on 24 May 1819. She was the only daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent. Her father died shortly after her birth and she became heir to the throne after her father’s three elder brothers had all died, leaving no legitimate, surviving children. Warmhearted and lively,educated by a governess at home, Victoria had a gift for drawing and painting, was a natural diarist and kept a regular journal throughout her life. On William IV’s death in 1837, she became Queen at the age of 18.
Queen Victoria’s reign was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. At her death, Britain had a worldwide empire on which the “sun never set.” Privately, Victoria attempted to influence government policy and ministerial appointments. Publicly, she became a national icon, and was identified with strict standards of personal morality.
In the early part of her reign, she was influenced by two men: her first Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, and her husband and first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, whom she married in 1840. Her marriage brought nine children between 1840 and 1857 who married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname “the grandmother of Europe.” Victoria was deeply attached to her husband, and she sank into depression and deep mourning after he died, aged 42, in 1861. She wore black for the rest of her reign.
Until the late 1860s she rarely appeared in public, although she never neglected her official correspondence, and continued to give audiences to her ministers and official visitors.Seven attempts were made on Victoria’s life between 1840 and 1882, but her courageous attitude towards these attacks greatly strengthened her popularity.In her later years, she became the symbol of the British Empire.
Victoria died at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, on 22 January 1901 after a reign which lasted almost 64 years, the longest in British history, and the longest of any female monarch in history. The Victorian era was a period of cultural, political, scientific, and military change as well as industrial expansion, and economic progress within the United Kingdom.
Queen Victoria Gold Sovereigns
Victoria Young Head Shield Reverse Sovereigns were issued from 1838 to 1887, with the exception of only three years, 1840, 1867, and 1876. Victoria Sovereigns were struck in their millions, except for 1841 when the mintage was 124,050, and 1859 when only 167,539 ‘Ansell’ Victoria Sovereigns were issued.
1887-1893 Victoria Sovereigns, and 1893-1901 Old Head Victoria Sovereigns feature the Saint George and the Dragon motif on their reverse side and are available from coininvest.com at prices you won’t believe!