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The E-Sylum (2/5/2017)


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Aethelred ii - Long Cross type Penny coin hairstyle

Last week Ron Haller-Williams submitted the above image of a coin matching the ancient coin hairstyle discussed earlier in an article. Harry Waterson submitted this article about a similar match with a recent television series. Thanks! -Editor

PBS is currently airing a biopic series on Queen Victoria in their Masterpiece Theatre slot on Sunday nights. In the title role is Jenna Coleman and the still below is from the final scene in episode 3 which aired 1/29/17. Note the hairstyle in profile.

Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria

Probably one of the loveliest coins of the 19th Century is the 1847 Victoria Gothic Crown.

This coin bears a beautiful medieval style portrait of Victoria by William Wyon. Victoria is crowned with a long braid sweeping beneath her ear and tucking up under her crown. The tip of the crown pierces the border of small crosses just inside the raised rim. Victoria's dress is richly embroidered with roses, shamrocks and thistles. The legend is in an ornate gothic typeface in upper and lower case. Lower case is always unusual; legends are invariably all caps. Here is the silver proof of this elegant British crown shown alongside the Jenna Coleman simulacrum.

1847 Victoria Gothic Crown Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria closeup

The Production Designer and Costume Designer did a lovely job recreating Wyon's Victoria Look. The profile on the crown and the profile at the piano both fill their own frames with beauty and charm. Neither suffers from the comparison.

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
EXHIBITION: MINTED - MAKING MONEY AND MEANING (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v19n52a28.html)
MORE ON ANCIENT COIN HAIRSTYLES (www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n01a36.html)
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JANUARY 29, 2017 : Aethelred Hairstyle Match? (www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n05a09.html)

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