The year 1887 was not only the Queen’s Golden Jubilee year, but also the final year of ‘The Young Head’ design on the Great Britain sovereign which was originally struck after Britain’s most celebrated and talented coin and medal engraver William Wyon’s renowned portrait modeled at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign. Now after 125 years, a magnificent example of the Great Britain 1887 Victoria Gold crown which impressively exhibits ‘enchanting royal portraiture in gold’, featuring a large portrait of Queen Victoria as a young monarch, is expected to fetch the highest prices in auctioneer Heritage Auction’s Ancient & World Coin Signature Auction, scheduled to be held on January 6-7 in New York. Billed as one of the finest example of its type and a prize for the ultimate crown collector, this well-preserved coin with a fabulous provenance is expected to sell with a $200,000 to $250,000 estimate, to become one of the world’s most expensive coins.
Originating from the illustrious Murdoch collection and graded PR64 Ultra Cameo, the coin is in fact a beautiful and obviously choice specimen exhibiting brilliant reflective luster, richly toned in reddish golden hues, and is showing only faint hairlines but no abrasions or even the slightest edge bruising.
This piece features a lovely portrait of Queen Victoria. Though, she's uncrowned but her hair bound with 2 fillets without ornamentation, ending in a pony tail. Further, a flat six-pointed star appears centered below the portrait.
Whereas, the reverse motif consists of the Order of the Garter crest supported by a crowned lion and a unicorn in chains, surrounded by an intricately detailed bowed wreath.