- Available in Proof 1/25oz Fine 999. Gold
- Featuring a striking image of a Lion & Unicorn
- Limited to 750 Gold and 2,000 Silver coins worldwide
- Exclusive Pobjoy Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II
This striking reverse features the Lion and the Unicorn, which signify the United Kingdom and the Royal Family. As Prince Charles was given a hand-painted personal invitation to his mother’s Sapphire Coronation that featured these magnificent beasts, we thought a design incorporating them would be a unique way to celebrate the Sapphire Jubilee of this momentous day. The design features a lion seated behind a unicorn with an English rose, a Scottish thistle, a Welsh daffodil and a Northern Irish shamrock. The wording “1953 – H.M Queen Elizabeth II – 2018” appears in the surround. Due to the symbolic nature of all the elements of this design, we are confident that it will be a highly desirable addition to any Royal collection!
The Sapphire Coronation obverse features the Pobjoy Mint exclusive effigy design of HM Queen Elizabeth II in exceptional detail. In order to maintain the exclusivity of this coin, we are producing just 750 1/25oz Fine 999. gold coins, 2,000 Proof sterling silver coins and 10,000 in cupro-nickel. The denomination of the gold coin is £4 and the silver and cupro-nickel have a face value of £2.
Behind the Coin
The Lion and the Unicorn signify the United Kingdom and appear as its heraldic supporters on its coat of arms. The Lion represents England and the Unicorn represents Scotland. The combination of the two animals dates back to the accession of James I of England in 1603, who was also James VI of Scotland. Over the last 400 years these animals have become strongly associated with Royalty and therefore our Queen, Elizabeth II.
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.
It also happened to be 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 British population! 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-reigning monarch in 2015 when she overtook her great-greatgrandmother Queen Victoria. The recent death of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej means that 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 fulfilment of dreams and prosperity. The color associated with this anniversary is blue – symbolic of trust and peace, loyalty and integrity, all characteristics you would hope to find in a Sovereign.
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