Five-Coin Type Sets from Britain
Queen Victoria Young (AU), Jubilee (AU), Veil (UNC), King Edward (UNC), George (BU)
.2354 troy ounce per coin – 1.177 troy ounce per set
These Five Coin Type Sets from Britain contain all five full Sovereigns minted during the rules of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and King George V, representing almost 100 years of British Rule. The earlier Queen varieites are the hardest to come by, and are usually found in lightly circulated condition. The later Queen Victoria (Veil), as well as the two King types, collectively represent the most well-recognized coinage in the world, used as the global monetary standard, store of value, and means for exchange during the height of the British Empire.
Historical Note on Queen Victoria:
Queen Victoria ruled England for nearly 64 years from 1837-1901, making her one of the longest ruling monarchs in history. She presided over the dramatic expansion of British influence and territorial rule such that during her reign, "The sun never set on the British Empire". By the time she died, Britain had become the largest empire the world had ever known, and presided over roughly 1/4 of the world's population. She celebrated her Golden Jubilee (50 years of reign) in 1887 - as signified by the "Jubilee" desing Sovereign - and her Diamond Jubliee (60 years of reign) 10 years later.
Historical Note on King Edward and King George:
The Edwardian era, named for Edward VII (right), differed sharply from the rigid and puritanical Victorian age which preceded it. Edward VII was the eldest son of Queen Victoria, and ruled Britain from 1901-1910. Queen Victoria insisted on an incredibly strict regimen for Edward, while never allowing his involvement in political affairs. As a result, Edward led a rebellious, indulgent lifestyle that many felt would compromise his ability to be an effective monarch. To the chagrin of his critics, Edward ruled peacefully and effectively during his reign, saving Britain from a budgetary crisis and strengthening relationships with European powers. Edward's reign was a brief and happy time of peace and prosperity for Britain before the shadow of World War I descended upon Europe. He died in 1910 of a heart attack.
His second son, George V (left with wife, Queen Mary) succeeded his rule in 1910. George led Britain through World War I and the negative effects brought on by the Depression of 1929-1931. English Historian Robert Lacey describes George: ". . . as his official biographer felt compelled to admit, King George V was distinguished 'by no exercise of social gifts, by no personal magnetism, by no intellectual powers. He was neither a wit nor a brilliant raconteur, neither well-read nor well-educated, and he made no great contribution to enlightened social converse. He lacked intellectual curiosity and only late in life acquired some measure of artistic taste.' He was, in other words, exactly like most of his subjects. He discovered a new job for modern kings and queens to do -- representation." George V and his wife, Queen Mary, made the monarchy a symbol of conservative, middle-class virtue. George relinquished his German titles and adopted the name of Windsor for the British royal house.