In 1935 King George V celebrated his Silver Jubilee and the Royal Mint struck a beautiful medallion to honour the event. You have the conjoined busts of King George V and Queen Mary on one side and Windsor Castle on the other side. These medallions were struck in Sterling Silver and are now 83 years old. To protect them, the Royal Mint issued them in red card boxes, which over the years have gotten damaged and lost. So it was quite exciting when a dealer offered us this group complete in their original red card boxes of issue. Of course the medallions have toned over the years, but then this is what Sterling Silver does. The boxes have seen a little handling but are extremely difficult to find. The Royal Mint also issued a commemorative crown for the Silver Jubilee, so maybe it would be nice to show the two side by side.
We have put together some sets of coins that were struck and used during World War I. That means they were struck between 1914-1918 and that the silver coins are struck in Sterling Silver. Each set contains a Sterling Silver Halfcrown, Florin, Shilling, Sixpence and Threepence of King George V plus a bronze Penny, Halfpenny and Farthing.
Following on with the handsome Queen Victoria Jubilee Head series, we can offer you the New Zealand piece. Remember that Coincraft bought all 80 Sterling Silver Proof striking of this Patina issue, so if you want one, Coincraft has them. On one side you have a fantastic rendition of the Jubilee Head portrait of Queen Victoria, the only difference is that the retro date 1887 is at the end of the legend. The reverse has an outline map of New Zealand in reverse Proof along with a three masted sailing ship. They are full crownsized and struck in Proof Sterling Silver, they look fantastic, the mintage is very low and the price is fantastic. If we sound enthusiastic, that is because we are. We thought they were so nice that we bought the entire mintage.
In 2015 the Royal Mint issued a crownsized £5 to honour Winston S. Churchill, our wartime Prime Minister. We have offered the Sterling Silver Piedfort of this coin before, but this is the first time that we offer the regular thickness. It is struck in Proof Sterling Silver rather than the double thickness of the Piedfort. Churchill is always popular and as we have less than 40 examples available it should be a quick seller. You have H. M. Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and Sir Winston Churchill in a rather interesting and I think beautiful portrait. You have had the Piedfort now is the time for the ‘regular’ VIP Sterling Silver Proof.
Today the Royal Mint charges about £80-£88 for a silver proof crown. We bought a large group of silver proof crowns, mostly British Commonwealth, many struck by the Royal Mint. They are in Proof condition and come in protective capsules. Some even have H. M. Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. All are struck in Proof 925 Silver. But, and here is the but, while the Royal Mint charges about £88.00 today for one silver proof crown, we will give you three different silver proof crowns for just £88.00. It is like buying one and getting two more FREE. They were part of a series mostly issued by and struck by the Royal Mint so you know that the quality is first class. We know they are good value at this special price, which holds only until the 50 sets we have are sold.
When Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 1887, she not only allowed them to change her portrait but also to issue a new denomination. That was the Double Florin which was equivalent to Four Shillings. It was almost crownsized and struck in Sterling Silver. Today we have an equivalent coin, but we call it a 20 Pence. Shows what time and inflation will do to money. The Double Florin was also known as the Bar-Maids ruin. After she had had a few drinks, the bar-maid would often give change for a Crown and not a Double Florin. That Shilling difference was a lot of money and came directly from the Bar-Maids wages. This Double Florin was only made from 1887-1890. In the past we have offered the Queen Victoria Double Florin in Fine and even in Very Fine, now we can offer them in Extremely Fine condition. These are super coins and most are dated 1887, remember they are struck in Sterling Silver and they have the Jubilee Head portrait of the Queen.
Do you have this Victorian Silver Coin in your pocket? Well no actually you don’t, but you might have the direct decimal equivalent. If you have in your pocket or handbag a 20p piece please get it out. Because the coin we are offering you is the same denomination but in Victorian spending money. The famous or infamous Victorian Double Florin (Four Sterling Silver Shillings) would be worth 20p in today’s money. Here we present the coin in Fine condition. First issued for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 the Double Florin was last issued in 1890. Too many drunk barmaids gave change for a crown 5 shillings when they were only given a Double Florin 4 shillings. This helped to get them to stop making this short-lived denomination. Its nickname quickly became ‘the barmaid’s ruin’, for all those barmaids who gave the wrong change and were ruined..
The Queen Victoria Jubilee Head Crown (1887-1892) (38mm) was struck in Sterling Silver and is one of the last two types of Victorian crowns ever made. It's over 100 years old. We recently bought a group of these, because they were, we thought, rather inexpensive. We are offering them to you now, so you can share in our good purchase. They are antique, they are Sterling Silver and they are inexpensive. Offered here in Fine.