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Originally struck for use in Ceylon but from 1842 were made legal tender in the UK until demonetization at the end of 1869.
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.
Left-facing uncrowned portrait of Queen Victoria with ribbons in her hair. The portrait is taken from the dies of the Maundy twopence.
VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F:D:
The value surmounted by St Edward's Crown. Underneath the date is a rose, thistle, and shamrock.