25 Apr 2013
The Royal Mint's 1oz Silver Britannia 'Year of the Snake' coin produced for A-mark
60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s 1953 Coronationcelebrated with a striking £5 coronation coin
In 2013, we are celebrating 60 years since Her Majesty’s 1953 coronation. This is an extraordinary event, for Queen Elizabeth II will be the oldest British monarch to achieve this anniversary – which has only been reached once before, by Queen Victoria on 28 June 1898.
The crown is a coin first issued in 1707 after the union of England and Scotland. Today they are only struck to commemorate particularly significant occasions – and few could be more momentous and significant than this. The latest addition to our coronation coin collection is a tangible, collectable link with that glorious day 60 long years ago, recapturing the magic of the ancient and sacred coronation ceremony.
The design, specially created for this anniversary, has the official approval of the Palace. The obverse bears the familiar effigy by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, whilst the reverse features a powerful new and striking design by Royal Mint engraver Emma Noble depicting the Imperial State Crown. This is the jewel-encrusted crown Her Majesty wore as she left Westminster Abbey to be greeted by the cheering crowds after her Coronation.
Surrounding the crown on the coronation coins run the simple words TO REIGN AND SERVE - A VOW MADE GOOD. These words encapsulate the promise made by Her Majesty and the tireless commitment since that day in 1953 when a nation and commonwealth rejoiced in their beautiful young Queen.