Platinum Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born in Mayfair, London as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York. Upon her father acceding to the throne in 1936 after the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII, Elizabeth was made the heir presumptive. At the age of 25 years old, her father’s death resulted in Elizabeth becoming queen regnant and marked the start of what would become the longest rule of any other Monarch in British history.
Since Elizabeth's birth, the British Empire has continued its transformation into the Commonwealth of Nations. By the time of her accession in 1952, her role as head of multiple independent states was already established. In 1953, the Queen and her husband embarked on a seven-month round-the-world tour, visiting 13 countries and covering more than 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometres) by land, sea and air. She became the first reigning monarch of Australia and New Zealand to visit those nations. Throughout her reign, the Queen has made hundreds of state visits to other countries and tours of the Commonwealth making her the most widely travelled head of state.
Significant events during her reign have included the Queen's Coronation in 1953 and the celebrations of her Silver, Golden, Diamond, and Platinum Jubilees in 1977, 2002, 2012 and 2022 respectively. 2022 is increasingly special as it marks the first time a British monarch will celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, with 70 years of service.
To celebrate this incredible achievement, we have launched a brand new four-coin series in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The first coin, released on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory depicts a central design of the Royal Cypher “EIIR” standing for Elizabeth II Regina. The design is surrounded by a rose, representing England, a daffodil, representing Wales, a thistle, representing Scotland, and shamrocks, representing Northern Ireland. The design also incorporates the official emblem for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee which was selected as the winning entry in a competition run in conjunction with the Victoria & Albert Museum.
The design of the coin features an incuse portrait of HM King George VI facing a portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The design is surrounded by a laurel wreath, used as a symbol of victory, success and achievement which is particularly apt for this historic anniversary. The design also incorporates the official emblem for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
The coin depicts a ribbon representing the proclamation of the Accession scroll in the centre with trumpets of the Royal Heralds at each side. The inscription on the ribbon reads ‘GOD SAVE THE QUEEN’ as that is how the proclamation ended. The official emblem for the Platinum Jubilee can be seen at the top and the coin value at the bottom.
The coin features a double portrait of Her Majesty including the first and current effigy used in coinage over 70 years of service. The first effigy designed by Mary Gillick and the current effigy has been designed by Pobjoy Mint.
Take a look at all the royal coins we have produced to commemorate all the milestones Her Majesty has achieved. Click here.