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Obverse of the double florin
Obverse of the double florin

The Jubilee coinage are British coins with an obverse depicting Queen Victoria (pictured) by Joseph Edgar Boehm, and were struck between 1887 and 1893. In 1879, Boehm was selected to create a new depiction of Victoria—some British coins still showed her as she had appeared forty years previously. Boehm was slow to complete the project, and it took years before it came to fruition. The new coins were released in June 1887, at the time of the queen's Golden Jubilee. The crown on Victoria's head was seen as too small, was widely mocked, and helped bring about the design's replacement. The series saw the entire issuance of the double florin, from 1887 to 1890, and the last circulating British fourpence piece, intended for use in British Guiana, in 1888. Bronze coins (the penny and its fractions) were not part of the Jubilee coinage, due to a surplus of them in commerce. The Jubilee coinage's replacement, the Old Head coinage, with an obverse created by Thomas Brock, began to be struck in 1893. (Full article...)

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Scintillant hummingbird

The scintillant hummingbird (Selasphorus scintilla) is a species of hummingbird that is endemic to the Central American countries of Costa Rica and Panama. It inhabits brushy forest edges, coffee plantations and occasionally gardens at altitudes from 900 to 2,000 metres (3,000 to 6,600 ft), and up to 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) when not breeding. It is only 6.5 to 8.0 centimetres (2.6 to 3.1 in) long, including the bill, making it one of the smallest birds in existence, marginally larger than the bee hummingbird. This female scintillant hummingbird was photographed in the cloud forest of Mount Totumas in Panama.

Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp

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