The Perth Mint and Australia Post have released this postal numismatic cover commemorating the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth.
Queen Victoria was born Alexandrina Victoria on 24 May, 1819, at Kensington Palace, London. She was the only daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of George III. Her father died shortly after her birth and she became heir to the throne as the three uncles ahead of her in the line of succession had no surviving legitimate children.
Issued as Australian legal tender, the uncirculated base metal coin is housed in a beautifully designed card with a circular window revealing the coin’s reverse and obverse designs.
The coin’s reverse depicts Royal Mint engraver Leonard Charles Wyon’s effigy of Queen Victoria with wreaths of banksia in her hair. This portrait was created for the Sydney Mint Type II Sovereign in 1857 and circulated on sovereign and half-sovereign coins until 1870.
The mintage of this postal numismatic cover is 5,000