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United Kingdom. Enamelled 1887 Jubilee Head Silver Crown

United Kingdom. Enamelled 1887 Jubilee Head Silver Crown

Victorian era collectible coin pendant from the year 1887! Originally created to mark the 50th anniversary (also known as the Golden Jubilee) of Queen Victoria's reign over the United Kingdom, this gilded sterling silver piece has since been converted into a pendants and brooches. One side now displays a colourful painted enamel image, which is an artistic rendition of the original design portraying a muscular St. George on his horse, slaying a dragon with his sword. The fantastic portrayal showcases his rich red cape, blue helmet, white horse, and a scaled emerald green dragon above the date "1887" in a blue enamelling. The other side of the coin features the original profile bust of the Queen wearing her elaborate crown and jewels, with the abbreviated Latin phrase "VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D:" (which translates in full to Victoria, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Britains, Defender of the Faith) curved around the perimeter.

The use of coins as jewellery dates back almost as long as those of coins themselves. In Britain, the enamelling of coins became particularly popular in the 1880s. In 1886, a Birmingham jeweller called Edwin Steel founded a company that specialised in the manufacture of enamelled coin jewellery (mostly brooches).
Edwin, and later his son Henry, where perhaps the most well known of the skilled Victorian and Edwardian craftsmen who produced these popular items. The 1887 Jubilee Head coin issues were particularly popular as host coins. Craftsmen such as Steel would carve out parts of the coin and fill them with enamel to highlight the design, this was a highly-skilled process.

Country/province United Kingdom
Denomination Enamelled 1887 Jubilee Head Silver Crown
Precious metal Silver
Condition Ungraded
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