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The Kilo coin is the largest, heaviest and most prestigious coin to be minted in Britain. It was made possible only by Act of Parliament, and is reserved for the most special occasions – and the most exclusive collections. In 2013 we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the striking of her first coins – by The Royal Mint of course. For the Kilo coin, a most special design has been selected, approved by both the Treasury and the Palace.
In 2013, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. This means that we are also celebrating the designing and striking of her first coins – by The Royal Mint, of course. In honour of these two landmark events, The Royal Mint has released a range of stunning commemorative coins to suit all tastes and budgets.
One of the most impressive of these is certainly the Silver Kilo, for which a most special design has been chosen and formally approved by both the Treasury and the Palace. An intricate and beautiful design graces this mighty silver coin, which contains a full kilogramme of fine silver. It has been created by the experienced heraldic engraver, John Bergdahl, who has used his expertise to craft one of the most striking coins in British coinage history.
The richly symbolic regalia of the Coronation and the imposing solid gold St Edward’s Crown represent the pageantry of that glorious day of 2 June 1953. For his background, Bergdahl has utilized a number of national symbols that take full advantage of the 100-millimetre diameter of the commemorative coin. The iconic English rose is particularly in abundance and appropriate - for the Queen herself is often regarded as the rose of England.
60 years have passed since the wonderful day of the Coronation. The significance of the event in British history cannot be ignored, for Queen Victoria is the only other monarch who has celebrated the same milestone. Considering no coins were minted to commemorate the event for Queen Victoria, the range of coins designed for Queen Elizabeth become even more special. An event as important as this anniversary deserves the greatest tribute, and the Kilo coin is certainly that. As well as only 400 of them being minted, the weighty silver coin will be struck for only the third time in history. This exclusivity means that the Kilo is a valuable and matchless