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BM02865

Golden Jubilee, 1887

Victoria, Golden Jubilee, 1887, Gold Medal by J E Boehm and F Leighton, crowned and veiled bust left, VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX, rev. enthroned figure of Empire facing, Mercury and Time at her feet, around her the figures of Science, Letters, Art, Industry and Agriculture, two cherubs above, IN. COMMEMORATION., 58mm (BHM 3219; Eimer 1733a). Light surface marks in the fields as is usual with this large gold medal, extremely fine with underlying proof-like reflective surfaces.

The Official Royal Mint issue.

From a mintage of only 944.

The medal is undoubtedly much rarer than we realize. Although 944 medals were struck the consensus is that far fewer still exist. It is likely that most of them were simply melted down over the course of the past 130 years, especially perhaps between the world wars when the medal was still relatively modern and the intrinsic gold value made it well worth melting.

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