Sir Thomas Brock’s popular Veiled Head portrait captures many of the values so closely attributed to Queen Victoria and her citizens of the dawn of the 20th century – dignity, steadfast loyalty and sacrifice. Victoria’s reign was the longest in the history of the British royal family, we can be certain that the memory of her beauty and character would have been kept alive for many years by the coins struck bearing her portrait.
The Veiled Head sovereigns set spans two centuries, nine years, four mints and includes twenty-nine coins. This convenient number of coins makes a complete set well within the reach of all collectors, even those working on a modest budget over an extended period of time.
When Victoria’s subjects compared the Veiled Head portrait with the Jubilee design that it replaced, they regarded it as a far more appropriate and flattering image of Her Majesty. Victoria’s indomitable spirit, her unyielding loyalty to family and country are clearly conveyed in this most attractive and popular portrait. The number of sovereigns produced during this period, as well as the manner in which they were produced means that the Veiled Head sovereign has unique strike and wear properties.