(Image: Pobjoy Mint)

On behalf of South George & the South Sandwich Islands, the UK-based private Pobjoy Mint issued last week a two coin set to mark the bicentenary anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. The new coins portray Queen Victoria’s Great Seal and come in sterling silver proof, and Fine 1/25oz Gold.

In a beautiful and intricate design, the reverse of the first coin features the Great Seal of Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria is displayed in the coin seated on a throne with a figure of Justice on one side and a figure of Religion on the other. The Queen royal crown appears wreathed with oaks and roses.

The reverse of the second coin features the obverse of the Great Seal as the Queen is back-riding a horse and holding a scepter with its crown on. Next to the queen is a servant holding the reins of Queen Victoria’s horse. The obverse of the coin displays an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

The gold version of the coin comes with .999 purity and weighs 1.24 g. The silver coin is .925 pure and weighs 28.28 g.

Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819. She became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland when she was 18 until she died in January 1901.