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Victoria (1819–1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father's three elder brothers had all died, leaving no surviving legitimate children. Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840. Their nine children married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the sobriquet "the grandmother of Europe". Her reign of 63 years and seven months is known as the Victorian era and was longer than that of any of her predecessors. It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire.
• 1893-1894: small lettering on obverse; small rose on reverse
• 1893-1896: large lettering on obverse; small rose on reverse
• 1895-1901: large lettering on obverse; large rose on reverse
Bust of HM Queen Victoria facing left (the 'Old Head' or 'Widow Head' portrait), wearing a diadem partly covered by a veil which falls down onto her shoulder. The emblem of the Order of the Garter on her left above the truncation, partly covered by the veil. A pearl or beaded necklace about her neck with a pendant and a single-drop earrings hangs from her visible ear. Below the shoulder truncation are the engraver's initials.
VICTORIA•DEI•GRA• •BRITT•REGINA•FID•DEF • IND•IMP•
Depicts three crowned escutcheons of England (upper-left), Scotland (upper-right) and Ireland (bottom) between the floral emblems (Scottish Thistle, English Rose and Northern Irish Shamrock). The motto HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE appears on a circular belt. Value above, date below.
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