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In 2013 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her Coronation. To mark that landmark anniversary – for she is only the second monarch to reach the milestone in British history – The Royal Mint has struck a range of designs for our premier coins: coins reserved for only the most special occasions. The 2013 UK Gold Proof Five-Ounce Coin makes a most fitting tribute, for with a diameter of more than six centimetres it has both gravitas and aesthetic appeal.
Queen Victoria is the only other British monarch to celebrate the anniversary that Her Majesty reaches this year. And collectors will know that no coins were struck to commemorate her Coronation anniversary – making the commemorative coins struck in 2013 even more desirable for those keen to secure a numismatic first. The five-ounce coin – containing five full ounces of fine gold – is such an impressive tribute.
Jonathan Olliffe, the experienced numismatic artist, has created a design that takes advantage of the sheer size of the five-ounce coin – which is only ever struck in precious metal - taking the regalia of the Coronation as his inspiration. The Sovereign’s Orb and the Sceptre with Cross sit atop the richly textured Coronation robe, their poignant symbolism representing the pomp and pageantry of the ancient ceremonies that have taken place at Westminster Abbey for more than nine centuries. As his background he has painstakingly recreated the famous arches of the Abbey, that ‘Royal Church’, intricate and detailed.