- Unique five-coin set with special effects
- Set includes a Sapphire set into one of the designs to commemorate this special occasion
- Available in Proof-Like gold plated with each coin finished differently
- Supplied in Special collector’s album to hold all five coins
Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of a special and unique set of five coins to commemorate the Sapphire Jubilee of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This stunning series of coins is released on behalf of Ascension Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey. Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne at the age of 25 upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. The Coronation took place more than a year later because of the tradition that holding such an event is inappropriate during the period of mourning that follows the death of a monarch and also due to the time it takes to organise such a major royal event. A total of 8,251 guests attended the Coronation ceremony with 129 nations and territories being officially represented.
To mark the 65th Anniversary of the Coronation, we have produced an unusual set of five coins from various Overseas Territories who we represent.
The designs on the coins are as follows:
• The Great Seal of the Realm is used to symbolise the Sovereign’s approval of important state documents and the design is an amalgamation of the Great Seals of His Majesty King George VI and HM Queen Elizabeth II. The EIIR symbol with the Crown is also shown on the coin with the Great Seal of King George VI depicted in silhouette. The outer ring on the reverse of the coin is selectively gold plated.
British Indian Ocean Territory
• The Lion and the Unicorn are symbols of the United Kingdom and are the heraldic supports on the full Royal Coat of Arms. The Lion represents England and the Unicorn Scotland. Rather than showing the creatures in heraldic pose, the coin shows the two animals at ease together with the Lion seated behind the resting Unicorn to symbolize the unity of the United Kingdom. The English Rose, the Scottish Thistle, the Welsh Daffodil and the Northern Irish Shamrock are also featured with the Imperial Crown. Prince Charles received a special hand-painted children’s invitation to his mother’s Coronation that features the Lion and the Unicorn in similar poses. This coin will be totally gold-plated.
British Virgin Islands
• The design features a portrait of His Majesty King George VI taken from one of the last coins of his reign on the right with a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II taken from one of the first coins on the left. St. Edward’s Crown, which is part of the Crown Jewels and is used during the Coronation of a British Monarch is also incorporated into the design along with lines representing the bond between Her Majesty and Her Father. The head of King George VI is incused on the coin and the two portraits have been selectively gold plated.
• The central design features the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdome which are used by Her Majesty in her official capacity as Monarch. The Coat of Arms features the Lion representing England and the Unicorn representing Scotland. The Coat of Arms featured on the coin has been taken from Priors Gate at Winchester Cathedral. The pattern that surrounds the Coat of Arms replicates the patter created on Her Majesty’s Coronation gown. The central Coat of Arms on the coin will be selectively gold-plated.
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
• The Gold State Coach has been used at the Coronation of every British Monarch since George IV. Designed by William Chambers and made by the coachmaker Samuel Butler, the coach features three cherubs on the roof representing England, Ireland and Scotland which support the Imperial Crown. The design on the coin features these three cherubs and is totally gold-plated with a Sapphire inset into the Crown.
The obverse of each coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
The Gold Plated 5 Coin Set with special effects is shipped in a specially designed album with an image of Her Majesty in her Coronation robes with Prince Philip by her side. The wording from Her Majesty’s Coronation speech is reproduced inside the album.
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