The Royal Mint celebrates Her Majesty
10 Jun 2016
As the nation prepares to celebrate The Queen’s official 90th birthday, The Royal Mint will capture this moment by striking a limited number of Sovereign coins on the day.
On The Queen’s official Birthday The Royal Mint will strike 500 Brilliant Uncirculated Sovereigns which will be accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity signed by hand to attest to each coin’s special role in this milestone in our monarch’s life.
The Sovereign has become a national icon, with a history that can be traced back for over 500 years. Its close links to Britain’s Royal family first started in 1489, when King Henry VII commanded The Royal Mint to create ‘a new money of gold’, which became a Royal gift under his rule – the gift of kings.
This special edition Sovereign features the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse. This portrait was created by Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark and has featured on United Kingdom coins since 2015.
The Royal Mint has also issued a range of commemorative coins to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday in a variety of finishes and metals, from ‘mint condition’ Brilliant Uncirculated coins, to editions struck in The Royal Mint’s highest quality ‘Proof’ finish in Platinum, Gold and Silver.
Anne Jessopp, Director of Commemorative Coin for The Royal Mint, said: “The Royal Mint has been making coinage for Britain’s monarchs for over 1,000 years, so we are very proud to be striking these limited edition Sovereigns to celebrate this important royal occasion together with the nation.