The official UK £5 coin struck especially for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee features two new portraits of The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, inspired by the Diamond Jubilee medal struck by The Royal Mint in 1897 for Queen Victoria. – a faithful portrait as she is today on the obverse, crowned and wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter, while a young Queen, as she appeared on her first coinage of 1953, graces the reverse. The Latin phrase DIRIGE DEUS GRESSUS MEOS (May God Guide My Steps) appears on the reverse and is a reference to Queen Victoria whose Una and the Lion £5 coin of 1839 also featured these words. The edge inscription, A VOW MADE GOOD, is a reference to The Queen’s promise of 21 April 1947 and its generous and continuing fulfilment.
The Canadian $20 Coin
The Queen made her first visit to Canada as Princess Elizabeth in 1951 and since her accession The Queen and Prince Philip have visited all the Canadian provinces including many remote districts never before seen by a reigning monarch.
The Canadian $20 coin bears a specially designed reverse depicting conjoint portraits of The Queen and Prince Philip with a charming decorative border consisting of floral emblems of the UK intertwined with Canadian maple leaves.
The Australian 50c Coin
The Queen has developed a very personal relationship with Australia. She was the first reigning monarch to visit Australia when she and Prince Philip travelled there during their six-month Coronation Tour of the Commonwealth (1953-1954).
The reverse of the Australian dodecagonal 50c coin features Australia’s national flower, the Golden Wattle, within an outline of St Edward’s Crown, the ultimate symbol of monarchy, all appropriately set within a multifaceted diamond shape.