The treasury of the Principality of Sealand has unveiled (14th January) memorial coins which pay tribute to Sovereign Princess Joan who passed away on the 10th March 2016, at the age of 86. She co-founded the Principality of Sealand, a micro-nation which lies just six miles off the southeast coast of the UK along with her husband, Paddy Roy Bates (1921-2012), becoming its first sovereign princely couple on the day of the proclamation of independence. The 2016-dated coin was delayed in its issue to accommodate the release and production of the principality’s commemorative silver coin celebrating 50 years of independence last year.
Born Joan Collins on the 2nd September 1929 at Aldershot Barracks, England, she was the daughter of RSM Albert Collins of the Royal Horse Artillery, and his wife, Elizabeth. As a young woman, Joan became a fashion model, who, shortly after embarking on her new career, met British Army Major Paddy Roy Bates at a dance hall in Southend-on-Sea who was at the time recuperating from serious burns suffered during World War II. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married in 1949 at the Caxton Hall Registry Office in London. The couple became parents to two children, their daughter Penelope, and their son Michael.
In an effort to launch a pirate radio station entitled “Radio Essex,” Roy Bates landed on Roughs Tower, a disused sea fort which was located in international waters. Although the radio station never began broadcasting, the man-made territory would come to worldwide prominence and worldwide attention. On the 2nd September 1967, the former British Army major claimed as his own territory, the World War II-era defense tower, renaming it the Principality of Sealand. Together, on that day, Roy and Joan Bates raised the flag of Sealand for the first time, becoming joint sovereign rulers on the day that was also Princess Joan’s 38th birthday. The new Princess’ likeness appeared several times on different postage stamp issues and also on the principality’s own coinage in 1972, 1975, 1977, and again last year on the occasion of the commemorative coin issued to mark Sealand’s 50th anniversary of independence.
Prince Roy died in October 2012 and was succeeded by his and Joan’s son, the prince regent (now sovereign), Prince Michael. Princess Joan retained her rank and status as co-ruler after the death of her husband and was herself succeeded by Prince Michael on the day of her death. He is now the sole ruler of the p
This is the third official silver commemorative coin issue
|25 dollars||.925 Silver||28.2 g||38.6 mm||Proof with applied colour||300|
The coin was
Press release courtesy of the treasury of Sealand.