Victoria (1837-1901), Penny, 1847, ‘Medusa type’ young head facing left, W.W in truncation for William Wyon, legend reads VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, date below. Rev, Britannia seated right her left hand clasping a trident, right hand on the shield, floral emblems below exergue, legend reads BRITANNIAR: FID : DEF : The DEF has a far colon, no colon dots after REG. Differences to the normal reverse are as follows. In the reverse legend The G of REG is the same size as the RE and also aligned perfectly. The shield is more oval than round and has two distinct sharp thin raised lines, Britannia’s index finger extends along the side of the shield, in the standard issue this isn’t the case. The rose also has four lines between the petals, and is generally of a sharper more precise strike in comparison to the standard reverse. Britannia’s hair is thicker and better defined with four strands running down to the back end of helmet. A human head appears in the chainmail, known as the ‘Medusa insignia’ and there is a die crack running down the E of REG, synonymous with the other examples of this rare type (CP 1847 C– Gouby ; S.3948; BMC. –).
Extremely fine and of the highest rarity, with some small unobtrusive nicks in the fields.