Queen Victoria Six Pence

Started by ghipszky, July 07, 2009, 02:21:25 AM

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Here is a nice little coin.
keep in mind my husband chose the name of the picture for my files. I would never call her Vickie.

BC Numismatics

  That is a pretty respectable example for Queen Victoria's early coins (1838-50) that you have got there.




I have known two girls called Victoria (not at the same time). Neither minded being called Vickie.

The legend on your coin is in latin: VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR: REG:F:D, written out Victoria dei gratia Britanniarum Regina fidei defensor, in English Victoria by the grace of god queen of Britain defender of the faith. Note how rex (king) has become reg (queen) on this coin. I presume there may be a female form for defensor also, but my sources all use an unchanged male form.

This portrait is the favourite of the present queen. Check out her British coins from the fifties and sixties and you'll see the likeness. One important factor must have been that Britain has known very few female rulers.

Most British coins had nicknames. The sixpence was known as a tanner.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


Thanks for the description of the obverse description. I had forgotten about the "reg" and "rex" meanings.