The Victorian age has been characterized by considerably change and progress since the success of the British Empire happened throughout the protracted reign of Queen Victoria.
A coinage tradition that proved popular afterwards during her reign was that the accession of enameling to deliver colour to different British denominations. A practice of independently engraving”love tokens” also emerged in this time.
Dix Noonan Webb’s Feb. two auction in London provides a great run of those”adorned” (some may say shifted ) pieces.
Unusual on bronze
Leading the offers is that the 1887 cent of Victoria that’s been turned into an objet d’art, swivel mounted at a brooch fitting, using its opposite osmosis in eight colours to emphasize the dignity and majesty of Britannia.
The obverse is engraved”A gift from Southsea to get a fantastic aunt” with all the areas gilt.
As soon as it’s not possible to recognize the date these pieces were created, the terminus post quem (that’s to saythe first date) for its adorned objects to have originated is that the date of this host coin.
The auction house said it’s uncommon to see enameling on a bronze host coin like this.
The host coin has been rated Very Nice, and the enameling is”unbroken and of nice workmanship,” in accordance with the auction house.
The more complicated the job (and occasionally the bigger the sponsor coin), the greater the price tag, comparatively speaking.
Another bit, a halfpenny, is gilt, and features a reverse that has been turned into a portrait of a guy, made using numerous tiny pinpricks
The clinic lasted
Although the custom of changing coins in such ways reached a zenith at the Victorian era, it lasted even to the sanity of her successors.
1 lot offers three bits, from three unique monarchs, at an inexpensive price.
The 1899 Victorian cent is from late in her reign. The opposite was planed flat and can be engraved”introduced by her uncle Ned into Lilian, her very first Penny, July 17th 1905.”
A cent of Edward VII, issued in 1907, includes an engraved portrait of a guy facing slightly right, and can be signed R. Murray.
1 quirk of these bits is that we might never understand the complete stories of the musicians or artists, as a result of the commonness of lots of the titles.
The last piece in this category is just another cent, of George V. A very small cannon and RFA (Royal Field Artillery) looks in the plan.
The lot of 3 things are”of good workmanship,” in accordance with the company, and also have a quote of 60 to #80 ($81 to $108 U.S.).