Victoria 1837 - 1901

Queen Victoria Coins

Coins of Queen Victoria’s reign are highly in-demand amongst collectors of British Coins. Queen Victoria’s reign began in 1837, after her uncle William IV died. Her reign saw the Golden Age of the British Empire, as well as numerous technological innovations brought by the industrial revolution.

Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819, at Kensington Palace, London. She became queen at 18 in 1837 and ruled for 63 years. Her reign was the second-longest in British History, giving coin collectors many dates and denominations from which to choose from. Some coin types were short-lived such as the Double-Florin, and some dates are rather peculiar such as the one seen on the Godless Florin.

Victoria married Prince Albert on the 10, February of 1840 and the two had 9 children together. Prince Alfred passed away in 1861 which left the Queen devastated. With his loss she entered a deep state of mourning wearing black and a veil for the rest of her life.

British coinage would later reflect the Queen's state of mourning. With both the Jubilee Head and Old Head portraits featuring the Queen wearing a veil.

Victorian coins went through 3 different periods, the Young Head Coinage, The Jubilee Coinage and the Old Head coinage. Her reign saw the introduction of the Florin (1/10th of a pound or 0.1 pounds) and the Double Florin. Although they would discontinue the Double Florin after only two years.

Victorian Coins for Sale

If you wish to buy Victorian coins, we have available below coins from all three periods of her coinage. Including some Queen Victoria rare coins.

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1887 Victoria Jubilee Head Halfcrown Choice Unc_obv

Victoria, Halfcrown (Jubilee Head) 1887 Choice Unc

1887 Jubilee Head Halfcrown Choice Unc.
£145.00
Picture of Victoria, Halfcrown (Jubilee Head) 1887-1892 VG

Victoria, Halfcrown (Jubilee Head) 1887-1892 VG

In 1887 Queen Victoria finally allowed her portrait on the coinage to be changed. It was 50 years that she kept her Young Head portrait on the coins. The Halfcrown or Two Shillings and Sixpence was perhaps the most used large silver coin at the time. Because of course, a Halfcrown was a lot of money then. You have the Queen on the obverse with that silly little crown placed on her head. She hated it because it looked like a toy rather than the real thing. The reverse has a crowned coat of arms within a garter of roses. These Halfcrowns are struck in Sterling Silver and we have them in two grades. Dates will be of our choice, but they were only made from 1887-1892.
£39.50
Picture of Victoria, Halfcrown (Jubilee Head) Fine

Victoria, Halfcrown (Jubilee Head) Fine

This is the middle type of coinage struck for Queen Victoria. It was only issued from 1887-1892 and was first issued for her Golden Jubilee. Thus this coinage became known as Queen Victoria Jubilee Head coins. The coin on offer is the Halfcrown or Two Shillings and Sixpence. You have the Jubilee Head of Queen Victoria on one side and a shield in a Garter with in an ornate circle of medals. The coins are struck in Sterling Silver (925 fine). Dates will be of our choice but will be in Fine condition. The more you order the more different dates we will try and give you. In 1887, a Halfcrown was a lot of money; today they are more reasonably priced.
£49.50
Picture of Victoria, Halfcrown (Jubilee Head) Very Good

Victoria, Halfcrown (Jubilee Head) Very Good

In the long reign of Queen Victoria there were three main designs used, we have selected the last two, the Jubilee Head and the Old or Widow Head coinage to offer you. Here we are offering the Jubilee Head Halfcrown in Very Good. Dates will be of our choice depending on what we have in stock when the order comes in. But as always fair grading and priced to make them attractive.
£39.50
Picture of Victoria, Halfcrown (Old Head) Fine

Victoria, Halfcrown (Old Head) Fine

In the long reign of Queen Victoria, there were three main designs used, we have selected the last two, the Jubilee Head and the Old or Widow Head coinage to offer you. Here we are offering the Old or Widow Head Halfcrown in Fine. Dates will be of our choice depending what we have in stock when the order comes in. But as always fair grading and priced to make them attractive.
£47.50
Picture of Victoria, Halfcrown (Old Head) VG

Victoria, Halfcrown (Old Head) VG

The Half Crown of Queen Victoria with the Old Head design is the second-largest denomination in silver to be struck with this bust of the Queen. You have the bust of Queen Victoria her widow’s dress and a crowned shield on the reverse. They are struck in Sterling Silver and were only issued from 1893-1901. A nice large Sterling Silver coin in Very Good condition and each one is at least 117 years old. We think you will love this coin, we already do.
£29.50
Victoria, Halfcrown (Young Head) 1874 Gem Unc_obv

Victoria, Halfcrown (Young Head) 1874 Gem Unc

An outstanding example and Gem Uncirculated.
£725.00
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Victoria, Halfpenny (Copper) Very Fine

When Queen Victoria came to the throne the first thing they had to do was strike coins with her portrait on them. One of my favourites and the most difficult denomination to get was the Halfpenny. In those days halfpennies were struck between 1838 -1860 on thick planchets of copper not the thin bronze coins they would issue later. You have the Young Head of Queen Victoria on one side and the seated figure of Britannia on the other side. We have a few and I do mean a few of the high grade examples to offer you. Supplies are limited and this is, after all, the most difficult denomination to get, especially in high grades.
£39.50
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Victoria, Halfpenny (Old Head) 1898 Unc

With much brilliance.
£85.00
Victoria 1861 Halfpenny Brilliant Unc_obv

Victoria, Halfpenny 1861 Brilliant Unc

With wonderful bright lustre.
£235.00
Picture of Victoria, Halfpenny 1901 Brilliant Unc

Victoria, Halfpenny 1901 Brilliant Unc

Queen Victoria was our second longest serving Monarch, 1837-1901. The last coins struck for her were dated 1901. We have a nice but small group of the 1901 Old Head halfpennies in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. A nice type coin and the Halfpenny is much more difficult to get than the Penny, especially in such nice condition. The last ever halfpenny of Queen Victoria, worth adding to your collection, while supplies last.
£50.00
Picture of Victoria, Halfpenny 1901 Choice Brilliant Unc

Victoria, Halfpenny 1901 Choice Brilliant Unc

Queen Victoria’s long reign ended in January 1901. So that the 1901 Penny, Halfpenny and Farthing are the last bronze coins made with her portrait. We have bought a small group of 1901 Halfpennies. A great tribute to a great Queen and the condition is so nice. Offered here in CHOICE Brilliant Uncirculated.
£60.00
1896 Maundy Penny (Old Head) Uncirculated

Victoria, Maundy Penny (Old Head) 1896 Uncirculated

Uncirculated
£40.00
1898 Maundy Penny (Old Head) Unc_obv

Victoria, Maundy Penny (Old Head) 1898 Unc

Uncirculated
£40.00
Victoria, 1900  Maundy Penny (Old Head)  Gem Uncirculated_obv

Victoria, Maundy Penny (Old Head) 1900 Gem Uncirculated

Gem Uncirculated
£60.00
Victoria, Penny (Plain Trident) 1855 really Good Extremely Fine_obv

Victoria, Penny (Plain Trident) 1855 really Good Extremely Fine

With wonderful colour and fields, slight edge bump.
£165.00
Victoria Young Head Copper Penny (1854 and 1858) Extremely Fine_obv

Victoria, Penny (Young Head) Copper 1854 and 1858 Extremely Fine

Copper Pennies first introduced in 1797 under George III were worth their weight in copper, which was a huge 1oz. By Victorian times the copper pennies - which were struck between 1838 and 1860 - were reduced to 0.6oz, before they changed to the smaller Bronze “Bun Head” design. We have been putting high-grade Copper Pennies of Victoria away for a number of years and are delighted to offer you these impressive pieces in Extremely Fine grade. They feature William Wyon’s depiction of Victoria’s “Young Head” on the obverse and the classic Britannia reverse. Some dates are very rare, we will be offering ones dated 1854 and 1858 only.
£115.00
Victoria Young Head Penny Copper Very Good_obv

Victoria, Penny (Young Head) Copper Very Good

The Copper Penny of Queen Victoria was issued between 1839 and 1860. It was a nice chunky copper coin, that was replaced by the thinner bronze Penny in 1860. We have this coin available in Very Good, a grade that is better than they usually come. Because this coin was of such small value it tends to come up for sale in very used well-circulated quality. These copper pennies are above average quality.
£16.95
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Victoria, Shilling (Jubilee Head) 1887 Very Fine

In 1887, Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee, and the Royal Mint was allowed to change her portrait for the first time since 1838. Unfortunately, Queen Victoria hated her new portrait on the Shilling... Coincraft has a nice group of the first year of issue, 1887. The coins are struck in Sterling Silver and are in Very Fine Condition. Considering they are now 130 years old, this is quite outstanding.
£34.50
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Victoria, Shilling (Jubilee Head) 1887 Extremely Fine

We have bought a nice group of the 1887 Queen Victoria Jubilee Head Sterling Silver Shillings in Extremely Fine condition, a very high grade. 1887 is the first year of issue of this short-lived type. In fact, Queen Victoria did not like her portrait on this coin, this design was only issued for two years 1887 and 1888. All of the coins on offer are struck in 1887 in Sterling Silver. You have Queen Victoria on one side with a very small crown on her head. This is what she didn’t like because she felt that it made her look silly. On the reverse, you have a crowned set of arms within a Garter. The coins are Extremely Fine.
£49.50
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Victoria, Shilling (Jubilee Head) 1887 Extremely Fine

Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837 and in 1838 they issued her first coinage. Because she was so young when she became Queen, this new coinage became known as Young Head Coins. In 1887 when she celebrated her Gold Jubilee, she finally allowed her portrait to be changed on the coins, this new portrait became known as the Jubilee Head Coinage. It only lasted from 1887 until 1892 when it was again changed. We have spent years accumulating enough 1887 Jubilee Head coins in high grades to offer them to you. All are struck in Sterling Silver and all are dated 1887 the first year of this new coinage. For years collectors have assumed that these coins are common. But in fact in the higher grades these coins have become very difficult to find. Prices while they have risen are still very affordable, especially when you think that they are 131 years old. On offer here is a Victoria 1887 shilling in extremely fine grade.
£44.50
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Victoria, Shilling (Jubilee Head) 1887 Fine

In the long reign of Queen Victoria there were three main designs used, we have selected the last two, the Jubilee Head and the Old or Widow Head coinage to offer you. Here we are offering the shilling with Jubilee head in Fine. We have at least two grades: Dates will be of our choice depending what we have in stock when the order comes in. But as always fair grading and priced to make them attractive.
£29.50
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Victoria, Shilling (Jubilee Head) 1887 Fine

In 1887 Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee and for the first time in 50 years she allowed her portrait on the coinage to be changed. She hated the portrait on the Shilling so it was only made in 1887 and a few in 1888. We offer nice Fine examples of the Sterling Silver 1887 for your collection. Everyone thinks it is common but this design was only struck for two years and is an important type coin.
£24.50
Victoria, Shilling (Jubilee Head) Very Good_obv

Victoria, Shilling (Jubilee Head) Very Good

During the very long reign of Queen Victoria there were four different major designs of her bust used on the coinage. Here we present the Jubilee Head Shilling in Very Good Condition. Dates will be of our choice, but of course, the more you order, the more different dates we will try to provide.
£19.95
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Victoria, Shilling (Jubilee Head) VG

Jubilee Head Shilling Very Good
£19.95

1838 Victoria Young Head Coinage

The Young Head portrait is the first depiction of Queen Victoria on coins. It was created by the Royal Mint's chief engraver at the time, William Wyon. They introduced it in 1838 and used the portrait until 1895 on bronze coins.

1887 Victoria Jubilee Coinage

In 1887, they changed the design of the silver and gold coins for the Queen's Golden Jubilee. But they only placed the design on the Maundy coinage in 1881. The Jubilee head coinage featured a depiction of Queen Victoria by Joseph Edgar Boehm. In this design the Queen is wearing her small diamond crown, a design choice that was very controversial at the time.

Many numismatists have expressed their dislike for this choice. Including our founder, Richard Lobel, who said that "the small crown placed on the back of the queen's head made her look a bit foolish" in our in our Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins

An important coinage change that occurred during this period was the introduction of the Double Florin.

1893 Victoria Old Head Coinage

The Old Head coinage or Veiled Head coinage featured Queen Victoria wearing a diadem partially hidden by a widow’s veil. The coins of this type were struck between 1893 and 1901, and the portrait on the obverse was designed by Thomas Brock.

New Denominations Introduced in Victorian Coinage

Florin - Gothic & Godless

They made the first Florin in 1849 which was exactly 1/10th of a pound or 0.1 pounds. That denomination still exists today: we call it a 10 Pence Piece. But there were some problems...

They forgot to place ‘Dei Gratia’ – by the grace of God on the coin. So they quickly had to withdraw the coin and issued the Gothic Florin until two years later in 1851. Collectors also know the 1849 Florin as the 'Godless' Florin for that reason. It is only a one-year type coin and very important as our first decimal coin in over a thousand years.

In 1851, they changed the design of the Florin to the Gothic portrait. This new design featured a crowned portrait of the Queen facing left on the obverse, and four crowned coats of arms on the reverse.

What's strange about this coin is its date. At the time a large part of the population was illiterate, but yet, instead of using the numbers we know today as Arabic numerals, they used Roman numerals. This meant that a large part of the populace could not even read the date on the coin. As 1872 became (MDCCC) Ixxii.

Double Florin – the Barmaid’s ruin

They first issued the Double Florin in 1887 for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, and they last issued it in 1890. It gained the nickname "Barmaid's ruin" during its short-lived existence.

The nickname happened because barmaids often made mistakes when giving change. They would give change for a 5 shilling coin instead of change for a 4 shilling coin. This helped to get them to stop making this short-lived denomination.

This coin is the equivalent to a 20p piece in Victorian spending money (Four Sterling Silver Shillings).

Victorian Coins for Sale UK & Worldwide

We have a wide range of Queen Victoria coins for sale, with delivery options available in the UK and Worldwide. So Whether you collect Rare Queen Victoria coins, Queen Victoria Crowns, Pennies or even if you're simply looking for a Victoria silver coin, we have enough stock to meet your needs. Sign up for our FREE newsletter to be the first to know about new coins online. When signing up, select 'British Coins' as an interest."