The love story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is legendary. A power couple of mid-nineteenth-century Britain, they were progressive reflections of the rapid societal and industrial change taking place all around them. After Prince Albert died, aged 42, Queen Victoria paid respect to him for the rest of her life by wearing the mourning colour of black. The portrait of them featured on this coin, first commissioned for a medal for the Great Exhibition of 1851, shows the ambitious couple at their peak. Created by former Royal Mint Chief Engraver William Wyon, the design has been revived for the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, both born in 1819.