New coin collections celebrate 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth
The 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth is being celebrated with the launch of new commemorative coins.
The coins are not entering general circulation, and are available to buy from the Royal Mint’s website.
Prices start at £13 for a brilliant uncirculated £5 denomination version – and go up to £49,995 for those whose budgets will stretch to a £1,000 denomination gold proof kilo commemorative coin measuring 10 centimetres in diameter.
The commemorative £5 Queen Victoria coin, designed by artist John Bergdahl, features his interpretation of a “young head” portrait of Queen Victoria, surrounded by innovations from the Victorian era including the telephone.
The design is also embellished with cogs, in a nod to the industrial revolution.
May 24 will mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth.
Having inherited the throne just one month after her 18th birthday, Victoria reigned for more than six decades.
The Royal Mint said that due to the length of time she spent on the throne, the coinage issued in Queen Victoria’s name was prolific, and was used by a quarter of the world’s population.
The gold kilo coin features a double portrait of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
The Mint said William Wyon’s design portrays the young couple “at their peak and exemplifies the optimism and drive of the age”.
Nicola Howell, director of the consumer division at the Royal Mint, said: “Queen Victoria is one of Britain’s most iconic monarchs, so it’s fantastic to be celebrating 200 years since her birth.”