1897 United Kingdom - Queen Victoria "Jubilee Head" Double Florin - Arabic One Variety
1897 United Kingdom - Queen Victoria "Jubilee Head" Double Florin is Arabic One Variety.
Comprised of .925 Silver, weighing 22.62 grams, and 36mm in diameter.
The Obverse shows:
Crowned and veiled bust ('Jubilee Head') of Queen Victoria left, legend around.
Lettering: VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Translation: Victoria by the Grace of God
With the Reverse Showing:
Crowned cruciform shields around central Garter star, sceptres with national emblems in angles, divided date above, legend around.
Lettering: BRITT: REG: 18 87 FID: DEF :
Translation: Queen of the Britains Defender of the Faith
Engraver: Leonard Charles Wyon.
Very Fine grade.
In 1887 Queen Victoria finally allowed her portrait on the coinage to be changed. It was 50 years that she kept her Young Head portrait on the coins.
It was supposed to be a celebration of the recent rise in public approval of the Queen after retreating from public life during her extended period of mourning - however both Victoria and her subjects hated the portrait due to the realistic depiction of her advancing years, her apparent sour expression and the small, angled crown - this is the Queen Victoria Diamond Crown, also commissioned for the Jubilee.