In 1953 The Royal Mint struck a special five-shilling crown to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. This Coronation crown is now paired with this year’s 2013 £5 commemorative coin, which has been struck for the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation. Together they make a splendid two-coin set, which makes the perfect gift or personal keepsake for people celebrating 60 years since the Queen’s coronation.
The coins are part of the larger collection of coronation coins that the Mint is offering throughout this milestone year.
1953 Coronation Crown
There were 16 months between The Queen’s Accession and the Coronation. Every moment was needed to plan a joyful, patriotic and moving day, bringing nation and Commonwealth together in celebration. The Royal Mint, as the official makers of commemorative coins for royal events, also needed plenty of time to plan for the new Queen’s coinage.
It was a day steeped in centuries-old ceremony, but also with regard for the wishes of the people and for the new. It was planned as a glittering spectacle that would bring colour, joy and a new spirit of optimism to a grey, post-war Britain. After 60 years, it is still a day to be celebrated and remembered.
In celebration, The Royal Mint struck a five-shilling coronation coin – the first Crown of The Queen’s reign. It carried an obverse portrait of The Queen as Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards, mounted on her horse, Winston. The striking portrait by Gilbert Ledward carried on an equestrian tradition, for portraits of a king or queen on horseback have long symbolised the monarch’s role as protector of the people.
2013 60th Anniversary £5 Coronation Coin
60 years on from the coronation that is still so fondly remembered by people in the UK, The Royal Mint are marking the anniversary with a new commemorative coin. The beautiful silver-plated £5 coin has been struck to Brilliant Uncirculated standard, making it a beautiful addition to any coin collection. The obverse features the image of the Queen, designed by Ian Ran-Broadley, which possesses the same beauty and dignity as the portrait that first appeared on the coins in 1963. The reverse features the recognisable and symbolic Imperial State Crown.
This special occasion of the 60th anniversary continues the celebrations of 2012, in which the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and the country as a whole rejoiced during the OIympic Games. 2013 also marks the anniversary of the iconic London Underground, as well as 350 years of the guinea coin. The Coronation Crown Set is the perfect way to honour the occasion, and can be bought alongside other 2013 commemorative coins on offer from The Royal Mint.