Five Pound Piece: Victoria (obverse); St. George and the Dragon (reverse)

Five Pound Piece: Victoria (obverse); St. George and the Dragon (reverse)

1887

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designer

after Benedetto Pistrucci

(Italian, 1784-1855)

designed by

Joseph Boehm

(British, 1834-1890)

Gold

Diameter: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Weight: 39.899 g (1.41 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.219

Location

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This piece was not made for circulation but was part of a proof set.

Description

The obverse design of this piece is usually known as the "Jubilee head," since 1887, the year of its production, was the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. By Sir Joseph Boehm, R.A., sculptor in ordinary to the queen, it caused a minor storm since it was said the tiny crown made the queen look ridiculous. The queen is said not to have liked the design herself, but she did in fact wear a small crown of this type when she began to find the full-size crown too heavy. The crown may be seen among the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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