The History of the British Royal Family Told by Coins

Cherished by people around the globe, the British Royal Family is one of the most celebrated families in the world. With everyone still talking about the breath-taking Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that took place last Saturday, we review the history of the UK monarchy as illustrated by coins. 

Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On 2 June 1953, 25-years-old HR Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey – the coronation church since 1066 and the final resting place of seventeen monarchs.

The Queen succeeded the Throne in 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI who suddenly passed away from a coronary thrombosis on the morning of 6 February 1952. 

HM Queen Elizabeth II: Longest Reigning Monarch FAL Proof Sterling Silver coin was released in 2015 on behalf of the Falkland Islands. The piece features the 1953 portrait from the Coronation with the Privy Mark of Westminster Abbey and has been embellished with a glorious mirror-finish background. Order yours today

Death of Princess Diana

Lady Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales and former wife of Charles, the Prince of Wales, died in a car accident in Paris on 31 August 1997. 

Born on July 1, 1961, Princess Diana became Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. She married Charles, the heir to the British throne on July 29, 1981 and quickly became a mother to Prince William (born in 1982) and Prince Harry (born in 1984). 

Princess Diana stole the hearts of the nation thanks to her grace and nobility. Throwing herself into her royal duties exhibiting a warmth and concern for all the causes she supported, Diana remains an unforgettable icon of style, power and femininity. 

In tribute to the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death in 2017, Pobjoy Mint on behalf of the Ascension Island issued the Mother of Pearl Rose: 2017 Proof Fine Silver Coin with a limited issue of 2,017. 

This stunning, 1-Crown silver coin is illustrated with a beautiful Diana Rose, a rose named after Diana as she was known as England’s Rose. The colour of the Mother of pearl is unique to each coin and features a mixture of various colours and patterns – buy yours from Pobjoy Mint today. 

 

The next generation of the Royal Family

Prince George of Cambridge, the eldest child of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is third in line to the British throne ¬– just after his grandfather and father. Born on 22 July 2013, Prince Georges christening was held at the Chapel Royal on the 23rd October 2013.

The Prince George’s Christening – Proof Sterling Silver Coin, issued in 2013 on behalf of the British Virgin Islands, illustrates the moment when their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared on the steps of St. Mary’s Hospital London on the 23rd July to present their new-born son to the waiting world. The obverse side of the $10 coin carries an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, designed by the British sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley.  Get your own coin today. 

 

Platinum wedding anniversary 

On 20 November 1947, the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh took place at Westminster Abbey in London. The couple first met in 1934 at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark to Prince George, Duke of Kent, where young Elizabeth allegedly fell instantly in love with the daring, blonde-haired naval cadet Philip.  

The pair’s engagement was announced on July 9, 1947, and they eventually got married 4 months later. 

The Queen is currently the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary and to commemorate this historic moment, Pobjoy Mint, on behalf of the British Virgin Islands, issued the Proof Fine Silver Tri-Colour $10 Coin that represents inner joy, happiness and true love. 

 

The Royal Wedding 2018

The entire world is currently talking about one of the most exciting matters this year – the Royal wedding of Prince Henry of Wales (commonly known as Prince Harry) and Meghan Markle, an American actress. The couple met in July 2016, and their relationship was officially confirmed in November 2016 in a statement issued by the Kensington Palace.

The Royal wedding took place on Saturday, 19 May 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The couple wished this day to be a special occasion for their friends and family but also wanted to allow members of the public to feel the part of the celebrations. To incorporate this wish, we’re thrilled to introduce The Royal Wedding of Prince Henry of Wales to Ms Meghan Markle – 2018 Proof Sterling Silver Coin, issued on behalf of Ascension Island with a limited issue of 2,000. 

The design of the coin itself features the initials of the Royal Couple ‘M&H’ in the centre surrounded by a ribbon which is supported by four cherubs with the actual date of the wedding engraved within. The obverse side features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, produced exclusively by Pobjoy Mint. Order yours now.