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New 2017 Coin Celebrates 1st Ever Sapphire Jubilee for British Monarch

The Pobjoy Mint honors Queen Elizabeth II’s reign with $10 British Virgin Islands silver coin

  • ‘Doubled-Headed’ Coin
  • Celebrating the first ever Sapphire Jubilee of a British Monarch
  • Exclusive Incuse Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1,952 maximum mintage to replicate the year of accession

The Coin

Queen Elizabeth II is unique in that she is the first ever British Monarch to have a reign long enough to achieve a Sapphire Jubilee. We have decided to honor Her Majesty by releasing a beautiful ‘double-headed’ coin!

The coin depicts the exclusive Pobjoy-designed Queen’s effigy facing right on the obverse and left on the reverse. In order to make this coin special we have struck the obverse in relief and the reverse incuse, which adds new levels of complexity to the striking process. To emphasize the incuse effect on the reverse we have also struck this side of the coin in reverse proof, which means that the frosting and the proof finish are alternated.

In order to represent the year that the longest serving British Monarch took to the throne, Pobjoy Mint is striking 1,952 of these 1oz fine silver coins. All of our coins are produced to the highest quality and have been struck four times to produce a glorious mirror finish.

British Virgin Islands 2017 Queen Elizabeth II Sapphire Jubilee $10 Silver Coin. Information courtesy Pobjoy Mint

Behind the Coin

Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952, and was proclaimed Queen by her various privy and executive councils shortly afterwards. The Coronation took place more than a year later due to the tradition that holding such a festival is inappropriate during the period of mourning following the death of a monarch. In the ceremony itself, at Westminster Abbey, Elizabeth swore an oath to uphold the law and govern the Church of England.

Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reining monarch in 2015 when she overtook her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. The recent death of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej means Queen Elizabeth II of Britain and the Commonwealth Realms has now become the world’s longest-reigning living monarch.

The 65th anniversary is associated with the gemstone sapphire – symbolic of loyalty and some say can bring inner peace and fulfillment of dreams and prosperity. The color associated with this anniversary is blue – symbolic of trust and peace, loyalty and integrity, all characteristics you would expect in a Sovereign.

The Queen’s Coronation took place in 1953 a year after she acceded to the throne and was the first major event to be broadcast on television against Winston Churchill’s advice. The Coronation was broadcast in both black and white and color and was viewed by 27 million of the then 36 million Brits!


This fine silver coin is protected by an acrylic capsule and set in a suede effect insert. We then package it in a beautiful red box and include a Certificate of Authenticity.

Coin Specifications

Metal: Fine Silver
Diameter: 38.60mm
Weight: 31.103g
Issue Limit: 1,952
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