Gold Sovereigns

1887 Royal Mint Proof Gold Sovereign

22 Carat Gold

In 1887 Shield, and St George sovereigns where struck showing the Young Head obverse, however this was the Jubilee year, marking Queen Victoria's 50th year on the throne and another obverse design was struck in conjunction with the soon to be redundant Young Head type.
Crafted by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, the portrait showed a Queen scowling with disapproval. Perhaps she was just concentrating as she appeared to be balancing the crown on her head. Victoria's reign was the longest in the history of the British royal family, we can be certain that the memory of her beauty and character would have been kept alive for many years by the coins struck bearing her portrait.

1887 Royal Mint Proof Gold Sovereign Reverse

1887 Royal Mint Proof Gold Sovereign Obverse

1887 Royal Mint Proof Gold Sovereign Reverse

1887 Royal Mint Proof Gold Sovereign Obverse
Mintage
797

This portrait drew much criticism, and only used the St George reverse, which incidentally , had a ribbon introduced to St Georges head. The Jubilee issue continued until 1893, when the encroachment of time again made it necessary to alter the portrait of the aging Queen.

Specifications


Sources

Composition: 91.67% Gold
8.33% Copper
Gold Content: 0.2354 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 7.9881 grams
Size: 21.5 mm
Reverse: Benedetto Pistrucci
Obverse: Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm
Chard Gold Sovereigns Andrew Crellin of Sterling & Currency.

The Sovereign
Daniel Fearon & Brian Reeds
2001
Hilden Publications
17 Windmill Drive
Croxley Green, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

Token Publishing

The Gold Sovereign
Golden Jubilee Edition

Michael A Marsh
2002
25A St Neots Rd
Hardwick
Cambrigeshire CB3 7QH
United Kingdom


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