The Royal Mint has released a range of new collector coins which pays homage to perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime event never before observed in English or British history, the 70th anniversary or Platinum jubilee of a serving monarch. On the 6th February of this year, HM Queen Elizabeth II will observe 70 years since her accession to the British throne, and is the first-ever English or British sovereign to reach such a milestone anniversary.
The anniversary remembers the day when the young princess Elizabeth succeeded her father, King George VI, who, at the age of 56, succumbed to a long illness and died. The princess, along with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, were on their way to Australia on a goodwill tour in place of her ailing father. It was at this time when Princess Elizabeth was on a stop-over in Kenya when she was told by her husband that her beloved father had died, and, as such, she was now Queen. The royal couple immediately flew back to the United Kingdom and upon her touchdown in London, the new sovereign was met by senior members of the government. It was Prime Minister Winston Churchill who first shook her hand and bowed his head to his new Queen in recognition of her accession. Aside from having become the longest-serving sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-married, and at the age of 95, she is now the longest-lived English or British sovereign in history.
The range of coins includes gold and silver pieces from five to one kilogram in weight to two-ounce silver and quarter-ounce gold. The reverse design is the work of eminent artist John Bergdahl who has created an elaborate and elegant depiction of the Queen’s royal cypher surrounded by floral emblems, rococo elements, scrolls, and florals of the United Kingdom. The emblems consist of roses representing England, thistles representing Scotland, daffodils representing Wales, and shamrocks representing Northern Ireland. The commemorative years 1952 and 2022 are displayed in a banner shown just under the crowned royal cypher.
The obverse, also the work of John Bergdahl, depicts an equestrian portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, which is reminiscent of the 1953 coronation, 1977 silver jubilee, and 2002 golden jubilee crowns. The legend placed around the portrait reads ELIZABETH II D G REG F D, along with the denomination from 10 POUNDS to 5000 POUNDS.
|10 pounds||.999 Silver||156.2 g||65 mm||Proof||1,006|
|10 pounds||.999 Silver||312.6 g||65 mm||Proof||156|
|500 pounds||.999 Silver||1,005 g||100 mm||Proof||147|
|500 pounds||.999 Gold||156.29 g||50 mm||Proof||136|
|500 pounds||.999 Gold||312.6 g||65 mm||Proof||56|
|1,000 pounds||.999 Gold||1,005 g||100 mm||Proof||17|
|2,000 pounds||.999 Gold||2,010 g||150 mm||Proof||8|
|5,000 pounds||.999 Gold||5,010 g||175 mm||Proof||2|
The gold and silver premium range of collector coins are specially encapsulated and presented in a selection of hardwood high-gloss cases accompanied by numbered certificates of authenticity. The silver range of coins are specially encapsulated and housed in black matte leatherette cases and are also accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. For additional information about this new collector series, please visit the Royal Mint’s website.