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Coin: Two Pounds 1887
Description

A proof gold coin (29 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring the Jubilee bust of Queen Victoria wearing imperial crown and facing left, a long veil falls behind the head, the bust is draped and decorated with the Star of the Garter, and also the badge of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D: , the artist's initials J.E.B. below the shoulder.

The reverse features St. George on horseback holding a short sword in his right hand, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1887 and the artist's initials B.P.; the mint mark (if any) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Struck as part of a new coinage in gold and silver to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, 1837-1887. The coins all shared a new "'Jubilee" obverse of the Queen by Sir Joseph E. Boehm, adapted from his own Jubilee medal. The new obverse proved unpopular but was used until 1893 on the regular denominations. The Golden Jubilee 5 and 2 pounds denominations were only struck in 1887.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value2 (x Pound) TypeTwo Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Year1887 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage92,142 (92142)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint London No mint mark 92,142 (92142)
Sydney Mint Letter S unknown, Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)15.9761
Obverse

Jubilee bust of Queen Victoria wearing imperial crown and facing left, a long veil falls behind the head, the bust is draped and decorated with the Star of the Garter, and also the badge of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D: , the artist's initials J.E.B. below the shoulder.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D:
Reverse

St. George on horseback holding a short sword in his right hand, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1887 and the artist's initials B.P.; the mint mark (if any) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse inscription

1887

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

The mintage of the Sydney Two Pounds coins is unknown.

The Renniks Australian Coin and Banknote Guide 1965 says: "The Sydney Mint struck gold Two Pound and Five Pound Gold Pieces for the years 1887, 1893 and 1902. No mintage figures are available for these Pieces, however at least fourteen 1887 Gold Pieces have been estimated to exist."

According to the Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971, "Probably not more than a dozen or so of each of the listed two and five pound gold coins [1887, 1893, 1902] were issued".

In its section for Two Pounds 1887 / Sydney, Spink just says "Extremely rare".

Two Pounds 1887: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof FDC (Royal Mint London) 797 (included in main number)
Proof FDC no BP (Royal Mint London) unknown (included in main number), Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare) (hover mouse for text)
Two Pounds 1887: Photos
Two Pounds 1887: Photo Great Britain 1887 2 pounds
Great Britain 1887 2 pounds
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Two Pounds 1887: Photo Great Britain 1887 2 pounds
Great Britain 1887 2 pounds
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Two Pounds 1887: Photo Pattern Coin - 2 Pounds, Proof Strike, New South Wales, Australia, 1887
Pattern Coin - 2 Pounds, Proof Strike, New South Wales, Australia, 1887
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Notes: Sydney Mint. Proof.
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Two Pounds 1887: Photo Pattern Coin - 2 Pounds, Proof Strike, New South Wales, Australia, 1887
Pattern Coin - 2 Pounds, Proof Strike, New South Wales, Australia, 1887
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Notes: Sydney Mint. Proof.
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Two Pounds 1887: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 249 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 768 (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3865 (Royal Mint London)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 18 (Sydney Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 8 (Sydney Mint)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3865A (Sydney Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 300 (Sydney Mint)
Two Pounds 1887: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint Royal Mint London
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Sydney Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Royal Mint London mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proof FDC, Proof no BP
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Two Pounds 1887: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Pattern Coin - 2 Pounds, Proof Strike, New South Wales, Australia, 188 Great Britain 1887 2 pounds - CoinFactsWiki
American Numismatic Society: Gold 2 pound, London (England)
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List of all (13) coins of type: United Kingdom / Two Pounds (Pre-decimal)
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Two Pounds 1887 Two Pounds 1893 Two Pounds 1902 Two Pounds 1911 (Proof only) Two Pounds 1937 Edward VIII (not released) Two Pounds 1937 (Proof only)
Two Pounds 1953 (not released)