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May 24 marked exactly 200 years after Queen Victoria's birth. To celebrate this occasion, the Royal Mint is releasing a special Strike on the Day Sovereign. This is the first time a Strike on the Day Sovereign has been struck with a Special Matt finish.
Queen Victoria inherited the throne just one month after her eighteenth birthday and went on to become one of Britain's most celebrated monarchs, reigning for more than six decades.
Her reign was so long in fact, that it was only surpassed by her great-granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II in 2015. Due to the length of time she spent on the throne, the coinage issued in Queen Victoria's name was one of the most prolific in British history, and was used by a quarter of the world's population.
The Sovereign is known and recognized as "the coin of the monarch" and was minted throughout Queen Victoria's lifetime. This particular Sovereign bears a special mark--the cypher that was used by Queen Victoria during her reign--a fitting feature on the Sovereign to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth.
Nicola Howell, Director of the Consumer Division at The Royal Mint, commented: “Queen Victoria is one of Britain’s most iconic monarchs, and we are delighted to be celebrating 200 years since her birth with this special Strike on the Day Sovereign featuring her cypher as a mark.”
The Royal Mint’s 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Victoria 2019 Celebration Sovereign is "Currently Reserved" at www.royalmint.com.