Pobjoy adds a bicentennial celebration of Queen Victoria’s birth to its silver bullion coin range


Pobjoys latest silver bullion coin harkens back to the reign of Queen Victoria and the start of Britain’s Golden Age of innovation and culture. Born two centuries ago in 1819, Queen Victoria ruled for an extraordinary 63 years until 22nd January 1901, a record until recently surpassed by her great-great-granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II. The central focus of the coin is an 1839 work by William Wyon called Una & the Lion.

The British mint has released several similarly themed designs in the past and they all look far better in hand than in the official images. Issued for the British Virgin Islands, this one is available as a 1oz 0.999 silver coin only and has a mintage of 50,000 pieces. Premiums are competitive and Pobjoy are selling them individually, or in packs of 10,20 or 50 at cheaper per-unit prices. They will begin to ship from 25th January.

REVERSE: The design is a recreation of the beautiful and famous Una & the Lion design of 1839 which was created by the celebrated 19th-century numismatic sculptor William Wyon.  The theme for the coin was drawn from Edmund Spenser’s poem Faerie Queene which tells the tale of Una & the Lion which follows Princess Una after St. George had slayed the dragon and rescued her. The wording ‘DIEU ET MON DROIT’ meaning ‘God on my Right’, the motto of the British Monarch, appears in the surround of the coin with the year 2019 – MMXIX – shown in Roman numerals beneath the plinth on which Una & the Lion stand.

OBVERSE: features a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who is the great, great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, produced exclusively for Pobjoy Mint.

DENOMINATION $1 British Virgin Islands
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 31.103 grams
FINISH Bullion
MINTAGE 50,000
BOX / COA No / No