Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

As home to the coins of the United Kingdom, The Royal Mint has charted the tales of British monarchs for more than 1,100 years. In the year that Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 95th birthday, we take a look back on her long life and reign with great pride and, like the rest of the country, more than a little nostalgia.

The coins we have struck for Queen Elizabeth II tell the story of her journey from a young queen to the experienced, respected head of state she is today. During Her Majesty’s reign, the nation’s circulating coins have featured five different portraits of the monarch, and each representing her at a specific period of time, always evolving, just as The Queen herself has done.

A Youthful, Fresh Monarch – the Mary Gillick Portrait

New coins showing the first portrait of Her Majesty were issued in 1953. They represented a new start after the Second World War and the long days of rationing, announcing a new Elizabethan era. The Queen looked youthful and optimistic, wearing a laurel wreath instead of a crown, and the portrait was used on UK coins and the coinage of many Commonwealth countries.

Queen Elizabeth II 1966 Scottish Shilling

Price: £5.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1965 Scottish Shilling - Uncirculated

Price: £5.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1967 Sixpence

Queen Elizabeth II 1967 Sixpence

Uncirculated Condition

Price: £5.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1965 Sixpence

Queen Elizabeth II 1965 Sixpence

Uncirculated Condition

Price: £5.00

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Guiding the People through Change – the Arnold Machin RA Portrait

Although decimalisation didn’t take place until 1971, some decimal coins entered circulation in 1968 when 5p and 10p pieces were introduced to replace the existing shillings and florins. The new coins were the same size and value as the pre-decimal coins, so they were able to circulate together as ‘decimal twins’ until Decimal Day in 1971; it was a useful first step in preparing the public for what was to come.

To help the new coins stand out from the old coinage, a new portrait of The Queen was commissioned to mark the change. Designed by Arnold Machin, the new portrait showed Her Majesty wearing a tiara of festoons, scrolls and collet-spikes, which had been given to The Queen as a wedding present by Queen Mary. Like Mary Gillick before him, Machin avoided using a ‘couped’ portrait – a portrait that cuts off at the neck – which had been the norm on coins issued earlier in the century.

A Regal Symbol – the Raphael Maklouf Portrait

From 1985 to 1997, UK circulating coins featured a royal portrait by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The portrait was couped and showed The Queen wearing the royal diadem, which she normally wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament, along with a necklace and earrings.

Although he worked originally from photographs, the sculptor was granted two sittings by The Queen in order to make minor adjustments to the portrait. When his design was released, critics accused him of sculpting The Queen ‘flatteringly young’ but Maklouf responded by pointing out that his intention had been ‘to create a symbol, regal and ageless.’ He was proud of his work, and if you look closely you can see the artist’s initials, ‘RDM’, at the bottom of The Queen’s neck. Maklouf included his middle initial, D for David, to make sure that his initials wouldn’t be seen as a reference to The Royal Mint.

A Golden Age – the Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS Portrait

The standard of entries to a competition to design a conjoined portrait obverse of The Queen and Prince Philip for the crown struck for the royal couple’s golden wedding anniversary in 1997 was so high that it was agreed that a new coinage portrait would be created to grace the UK’s circulating coins.

The winning design by Ian Rank-Broadley, which was introduced in 1998, made for an interesting contrast with its predecessor, as it was less idealised and more realistic. The portrait shows The Queen in her sixth decade, and her crowned head fills the surface of the coin.

Our Queen Today – the Jody Clark Portrait

The most recent portrait of The Queen was unveiled in 2015 and was created by the designer Jody Clark – the youngest artist to create such a portrait for the nation’s coins. Jody skilfully combined modern and traditional elements as well as introducing personality with a hint of a smile.

The British Decimal Twenty-Five Pence 4 Coin set

Price: £45.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1967 Penny

Queen Elizabeth II 1967 Penny

Uncirculated Condition

Price: £5.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1966 Half Crown

Price: £10.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1965 Half Crown

Price: £10.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1967 Florin

Queen Elizabeth II 1967 Florin

Uncirculated Condition

Price: £8.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1966 Florin

Queen Elizabeth II 1966 Florin

Uncirculated Condition

Price: £8.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1965 Florin - Uncirculated

Price: £8.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1966 Brass Threepence

Price: £5.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1965 Brass Threepence

Price: £5.00

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Queen Elizabeth II 1964 Brass Threepence

Price: £5.00

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Gold Proof
Hong Kong 1978 Gold $1000 Lunar Year of The Horse

Price: £1,150.00

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Gold Bullion
The 95th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen Birth Year Sovereign Set

Price: £1,195.00

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Gold Proof
The Sovereign 1988

Price: £695.00

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Gold Proof
The Sovereign 1986

Price: £795.00

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Gold Proof
The Sovereign 1995

Price: £950.00

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Gold Proof
The Sovereign 1997

Price: £875.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 2013

Price: £430.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 2000

Price: £400.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 1999

Price: £400.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 2011

Price: £395.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 2009

Price: £395.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 2001

Price: £395.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 2007

Price: £395.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 2008

Price: £395.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 2014

Price: £500.00

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1984 UK Proof Set

Price: £42.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 2005

Price: £430.00

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Gold Proof
2005 End of WWII St Paul

Price: £1,250.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 2018

Price: £430.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 2015

Price: £430.00

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Gold Proof
2010 Florence Nightingale UK £2 Gold Coin

Price: £1,180.00

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Gold Proof
2003 DNA £2 Gold Coin

Price: £1,180.00

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Gold Proof
2006 UK Proof Half Sovereign

Price: £320.00

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Gold Proof
1989 Proof Sovereign NGC PF69

Price: £2,250.00

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Gold Proof
2007 Royal Wedding Anniversary Gold Proof £5 Crown

Price: £5,750.00

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Gold Proof
Nelson 2005 Gold Proof £5 Crown NGC PF69

Price: £3,550.00

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Gold Proof
Elizabeth II 2012 London Olympics 9 Coin Gold Proof Set

Price: £12,415.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 1991

Price: £500.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 1994

Price: £500.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 1993

Price: £500.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 1996

Price: £400.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 1995

Price: £400.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 1997

Price: £400.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 1988

Price: £340.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 1986

Price: £360.00

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Gold Proof
The 1985 Gold Proof Half-Sovereign

Price: £360.00

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1964 Elizabeth II, Charlottetown Centenary Silver Dollar

Price: £50.00

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Gold Proof
The Sovereign 2015

Price: £760.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 2002

Price: £430.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 1998

Price: £400.00

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Gold Proof
The Sovereign 1983

Price: £670.00

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Gold Proof
The 1984 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £650.00

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Gold Proof
The Half-Sovereign 1982

Price: £400.00

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Gold Proof
The 1980 Half Sovereign

Price: £325.00

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Gold Proof
The 1987 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £710.00

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Gold Proof
The 2002 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £950.00

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Gold Proof
2004 UK Proof Half Sovereign

Price: £395.00

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Gold Proof
The 1984 Half-Sovereign

Price: £360.00

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1963 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign

Price: £600.00

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Gold Proof
The 2007 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £660.00

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Gold Proof
The 2008 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £670.00

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The 1992 Gold Sovereign

Price: £1,140.00

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Silver Proof
The Remembrance Day 2020 Historic Coin Set

The Remembrance Day 2020 Historic Coin Set

100 Years since the Burial of the Unknown Warrior

Price: £280.00

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1974 Elizabeth II Uncirculated Sovereign

Price: £620.00

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Gold Proof
2005 Nelson Gold £5 Crown

Price: £3,195.00

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1989 UK Half Sovereign

Price: £720.00

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Gold Proof
The 2012 Gold Proof Half-Sovereign

Price: £430.00

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Gold Proof
The 1983 Gold Proof Half-Sovereign

Price: £340.00

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Gold Proof
The 1987 Gold Proof Half-Sovereign

Price: £360.00

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Gold Proof
The 2006 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £670.00

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Gold Proof
The 2004 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £640.00

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Gold Proof
The 2009 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £660.00

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Gold Proof
The 1980 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £640.00

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Gold Proof
The 2003 Gold Proof Half-Sovereign

Price: £360.00

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Gold Proof
The 2013 Sovereign

Price: £770.00

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The 2014 Sovereign

Price: £940.00

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Gold Proof
The 1999 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £750.00

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Gold Proof
The 2003 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £660.00

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Gold Proof
The 1981 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £640.00

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1989 Elizabeth II Gold Proof 3-Coin Set

Price: £4,570.00

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Gold Proof
2011 Royal Wedding

2011 Royal Wedding

Gold Proof £5 Coin

Price: £3,570.00

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Gold Proof
The Queen Mother Memorial

The Queen Mother Memorial

2002 £5 Gold Proof Coin

Price: £3,430.00

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Gold Proof
The Queen Mother

Price: £3,140.00

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Gold Proof
The Queen

Price: £3,290.00

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Gold Proof
2007 Diamond Wedding

2007 Diamond Wedding

£5 Gold Proof Coin

Price: £3,710.00

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Elizabeth II, Gold Jubilee medal

Price: £13,090.00

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South Africa, Elizabeth II, Silver 5 Shillings

Price: £50.00

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Canada, Elizabeth II, Silver Dollar

Price: £45.00

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1967 Canada, Elizabeth II

Price: £60.00

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2005 Dictionary UK 50 Pence Gold Coin

Price: £1,110.00

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Gold Proof
1994 D-Day UK 50 Pence Gold Coin

Price: £1,930.00

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2010 Girl Guides UK 50 Pence Gold Coin

Price: £1,110.00

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Gold Proof
1998 NHS UK 50 Pence Gold Coin

Price: £1,140.00

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2004 Roger Bannister UK 50 Pence Gold Coin

Price: £1,110.00

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Gold Proof
2007 Scout UK 50 Pence Gold Coin

Price: £1,110.00

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2003 Suffragette UK 50 Pence Gold Coin

Price: £1,110.00

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Gold Proof
1995 Dove of Peace £2 Coin

Price: £1,180.00

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1962 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign

Price: £600.00

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Gold Proof
The 2005 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £860.00

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1966 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign

Price: £595.00

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Gold Proof
The Sovereign 1989 500th Anniversary

Price: £1,960.00

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1959 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign

1959 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign

Minimum of Very Fine condition

Price: £600.00

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Gold Proof
The Sovereign 2012

Price: £1,540.00

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Gold Proof
2011 UK Proof Sovereign

Price: £660.00

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Gold Proof
The 2017 Sovereign

Price: £1,400.00

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Gold Proof
Elizabeth II Machin Portrait Sovereign

Price: £495.00

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Elizabeth II Gillick Portrait Sovereign

Price: £495.00

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Gold Proof
2006 Queen Elizabeth II Proof Half Sovereign

Price: £295.00

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1957 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign
1957 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign

Price: £750.00

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1965 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign

Price: £600.00

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1967 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign

Price: £600.00

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Gold Proof
The 2000 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £750.00

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The 1979 Gold Proof Sovereign

Price: £750.00

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1958 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign

Price: £600.00

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1964 Queen Elizabeth II Sovereign

Price: £600.00

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