In terms of monarchical accomplishments, 2022 will forever be remembered in the annals of time as a truly momentous year for the Royal Family, as Her Majesty, The Queen becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Since her reign began in 1952, The Queen has worked with an incredible 14 Prime Ministers, from Sir Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson, whilst the United Kingdom has dealt with an array of issues ranging from the Great Smog of London to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Royal Mint has struck every official UK coin of Her Majesty’s tenure, from ‘old’ money prior to decimalisation in 1971 all the way up to present day, and our coins have been a constant of her reign, spanning 70 years and five definitive coinage portraits. As such, it is wholly appropriate that we celebrate this truly unprecedented achievement in a fitting fashion with the release of various commemorative coins in honour of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Seventy Years of Service
The Platinum Jubilee £5 coin design was created by experienced coin designer John Bergdahl, whose previous work includes a wide variety of heraldic coin designs.
“The design consists of the Royal Arms displayed within a royal mantle – a heraldic device often used on royal coins in the past. The detailed edging on the royal mantle was by far the most challenging and time consuming part of the assignment.
“Over the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to be involved with a number of commissions marking royal celebrations. This one is certainly right up there when judging the importance of the occasion.”
John Bergdahl (Designer of the Platinum Jubilee £5)
A Life of Majesty
The Platinum Jubilee 50p coin design is the work of design agency Osborne Ross. Also no strangers to numismatic design, the agency recently produced the commemorative coin design for the John Logie Baird 50p coin.
“We wanted to design a coin which had both elegance and gravitas to reflect such an historic occasion. It was felt that a purely typographic solution would convey the dignity of the event and, through our choice of typeface, the grace and grandeur of our monarch.
“The typeface Didot was selected for the exquisite contrast of its thick and thin [lines], together with the beautiful teardrop shape on the number 7. We worked closely with the [Product] Design department at The Royal Mint, using their expertise to add nuance and subtle modelling to the concept and bring it alive as an object to treasure.”
Osborne Ross Design Ltd. (Designer of the Platinum Jubilee 50p)
Co-designed by Andrew Ross and Deborah Osborne