20 Feb 2014
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This coin in gold-plated silver recalls the magic of The Queen’s 1953 Coronation. The design has been approved by the Palace and the treasury. On the obverse is the effigy by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, whilst the reverse features a powerful new design by Emma Noble showing the Imperial State Crown Her Majesty wore as she left Westminster Abbey after the ceremony. Around the crown the words TO REIGN AND SERVE - A VOW MADE GOOD pay homage to her Majesty’s ceaseless dedication.
Queen Elizabeth II will be the oldest monarch to achieve a Coronation 60th anniversary
- a landmark only reached once before, by Queen Victoria on 28 June 1898. It is almost inconceivable that anyone alive today will witness another such occasion.
This £5 coin is a perfect companion to those which marked The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The design recalls that day in 1953 when a nation and commonwealth rejoiced in their beautiful young Queen. Few who witnessed it will ever forget how a day of glorious pageantry brought back hope of better times to a nation battered by bleak years of war and austerity.
Once the limited edition presentation of 12,500 is reached, no more of these coins will be struck. A coin like this is hugely appealing to collectors. The demand for coins celebrating last year’s Diamond Jubilee was unparalleled. This coin in particular sold out completely and he Royal Mint expects this year’s coin will create similar demand.
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