She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father's three elder brothers had all died, leaving no surviving legitimate children. Privately, Victoria attempted to influence government policy and ministerial appointments; publicly, she became a national icon who was identified with strict standards of personal morality.
Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840. Their nine children married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the sobriquet "the grandmother of Europe".
Her reign of 63 years and seven months is known as the Victorian era and was longer than that of any of her predecessors. It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire.
Royal mint, KM735.1, S-3859, WR-344 (R3). Plain edge. Featuring an exacting strike which has set deeply frosted devices upon brightly reflective fields, this Gem offering is possessed of undeniable eye-appeal. Only a few minuscule breaks in the frost of Victoria's portrait are noted while both the bust and reverse arms display faint, honey-gold tone. The fields display a few signs of past handling, none being particularly distracting individually. All in all, this is a stunning example of the issue and deserving of inclusion in the most selective of cabinets. In our opinion under-graded.
Additional Rarity: A Victoria Proof Crown 1839 PR64+ sold at an auction on January 7, 2018 for $40,800.