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Great Britain, Sovereign, 1838


Nineteen-year-old Queen Victoria (1837-1901) is depicted here in 1838 - the first year she appears on British coinage. Displaying a ruling monarch on the obverse of a coin has been a conventional design for centuries.


"Dei Gratia," which means "by the Grace of God" in Latin, is part of a Latin epigram that continues on the other side of the coin. Translated, it means: "Victoria, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Britons, Defender of the Faith."


Legendary Firsts The following objects are in this section.
Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling, "1652" (struck 1667-1674)First United States Silver Dollar, 1794Great Britain, Sovereign, 1838
Massachusetts, "twenty shillings," 1690Brasher Doubloon, 1787United States, 5 Dollars, 1838
Pewter Continental Dollar, 1776United States, 20 Dollars, 1854United States, 10 Dollars, 1838
Copper Pattern Dollar, 1794Portrait Medal of James Smithson, 1817 
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