By Todd McKenna, Numismatist
This week’s featured coin is in fact a medal produced during the reign of Great Britain’s longest ruling monarch, Queen Victoria. In 1897 the queen and the nation celebrated her sixtieth year on the throne with a Diamond Jubilee, an occasion which was not repeated until earlier this year for the sixtieth year of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. To commemorate this landmark event many medals were struck, but one of the largest and grandest was designed by G.W. De Saulles. The medal was struck by the Royal Mint and distributed through the Banks of England, Scotland and Ireland. The design of the medal utilized two familiar effigies of Victoria -- for the obverse the veiled or “Mourning” bust created by Thomas Brock after the death of Prince consort Albert and for the reverse the “Young Head” bust of her early reign by William Wyon.