Great Britain 1887 Jubilee Head One Florin MS63 PCGS S-3925 Pretty Surfaces! We’ve always liked the 1887 silver coinage with HRH Queen Victoria wearing the short-lived Jubilee Head crown. This Select Mint State one florin (= two shillings) features lovely pastel toning with a few small hits on the portrait that account for the grade, but they blend nicely into the background color palette and are not overt.
Background: Queen Victoria celebrated the 50th year of her reign on June 20, 1887, with a banquet to which 50 European kings and queens were invited. The Jubilee Head crown was roundly criticized in contemporary media as being ridiculously small for Victoria’s, ahem, rather zaftig self. The design was replaced in 1893 by the Veiled Head design, symbolizing Victoria’s grief at the death of her beloved Prince Albert.