Part 12: Commemoratives

     Modern commemorative coins present a problem of sorts to some numismatists. These coins, also known as NCLT (non-circulating legal tender), are designed to be sold directly to collectors and are not intended to circulate like true coinage. They really are more closely related to medals than coinage.  In 1972 Jersey started issuing NCLT on a limited basis.  At first, they did have a connection with Jersey, but now the issues honor anything and everything.  Most NCLT from Jersey have at least some kind of eye appeal and about 50% of my visitors collect them.

     The description of these coins is for the most part lifted from the British Royal Mint documents obtained with the coins.  I might have added a word or two here or there, but I can't take credit for the documentation.

     Should I include these pieces on this site?  My answer is yes?  Should you collect them?  That is your decision. 


Fifty Pence
25th Wedding Anniversary

Fifty Pence
25th Wedding Anniversary


        YEAR    KM      mintage diameter
        1972    35        .024	 23.00    
     The reverse depicting the Royal Mace of the Bailiff of Jersey is designed by Norman Sillman.  The Royal Mace of the Bailiff of Jersey, borne before the Bailiff at the sittings of the Royal Court and of the Assembly of the States of Jersey, was presented by King Charles II to Jersey on the 29th November 1663 in gratitude for the hospitality, which he received from the Island on two occasions during his exile.  The mace consists of eleven pieces, made of silver gilt, is 4 ft. 9 inches long, weighs 237 ounces (14 lbs. 13 ozs.) and bears no hallmarks.  Engraved on the foot knop is a Latin inscription, which translated reads:  "Not all doth he deem worthy of such a reward Charles II, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, as a proof of his royal affection towards the Isle of Jersey (in which he has been twice received in safety when he was excluded from the remainder of his dominions) has willed that this Royal Mace should be consecrated to posterity and has ordered that hereafter it shall be carried before the Bailiffs, in perpetual remembrance of their fidelity not only to his august father Charles I but to His Majesty during the fury of the civil wars, when the Island was maintained by the illustrious Philip and George de Carteret, Knights, Bailiffs and Governors of the said Island." 

     The Royal Visit Two Pounds Commemorative is very similar to this piece. 


Fifty Pence
Coronation Set

Fifty Pence
Coronation Set


        YEAR    KM      mintage diameter
        2003                     27.30 
The complete set of four different 2003 50 pence coins.


Fifty Pence
Coronation

Fifty Pence
Coronation


        YEAR    KM      mintage diameter
        2003                     27.30      
     This stunning coin was issued in 2003 by Jersey to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  Designed in conjunction with the Royal Mint engraving department, the coin features the famous Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen on the obverse.  The reverse dramatically depicts the actual moment in 1953 when the Queen was crowned.  The Queen, as tradition dictates, was the last to arrive at Westminster Abbey, venue for the Coronation, her procession having been roundly cheered by the vast crowds who lined to route from Buckingham Palace.  In the abbey, the Queen removed her diamond diadem and crimson velvet robes trimmed with ermine and gold lace, until she stood in a simple linen overdress, ready for the central act of ceremony.  The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, anointed the Queen with holy oil made to a formula devised by Charles I, and proclaimed her dedication "as kings, priests and prophets were anointed."  She was dressed in golden robes and seated on King Edward's chair, above the Stone of Scone, to be given the symbols of her authority:  the orb, scepter, rod of mercy, and royal ring of sapphire and rubies.  Finally, in absolute silence, the archbishop held St. Edward's crown high in the air, then lowered it slowly onto her head.  The shout rang out, "God save the Queen!"  Bells pealed and trumpeters blared ... Britain's new Queen was crowned. 

Two Pounds

Common Obverses



25th Wedding Anniversary


This painting by Philip John Ouless shows the Alexandra as a fully rigged barque with dark hull and with flags and a pennant.  The Casquet lighthouses are in the background.

25th Wedding Anniversary


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1972    37         36.00        
     This coin was minted at York Stampings Ltd. Birmingham.  The dies were cut by H.B. Sale Ltd., Birmingham, while the blanks were prepared by Sheffield Smelting Co. Ltd. Pictured is the 306 ton barque, Alexandra, built and registered in Jersey in 1865.  The sailing ship was owned by Messrs. Le Quesne, Pallot and Mallet of Jersey.  In 1860 Jersey had 18 shipyards and in 1865 there were 34 vessels on the stocks, but by 1880 the industry had sharply declined because of the steamboat and the replacement of wooden vessels by iron.

     Like all of the Silver Wedding 1972 coins, this coin was designed by Norman Sillman and modeled by the artist Terry George.



Prince Charles and Lady Diana

Prince Charles and Lady Diana


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1981    52         38.61        
     In commemoration of the marriage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, the States Treasury of Jersey authorized this commemorative.  The reverse of the coin depicts the Prince and Princess and the designed was prepared by Michael Rizzello.

     There were also some coins also minted in gold.



40th Anniversary of Liberation




40th Anniversary of Liberation


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1985    64         38.28        
     On the first of July 1940, the Island of Jersey was occupied by German troops and became, along with the other Channel Islands, the only British soil to be occupied during the Second World War.

     On the 9th of May 1945, a British force liberated the island and the German Commanding Officer was taken aboard the H.M.S. Beagle where he signed terms of surrender.

     The reverse design of this crown depicts the destroyer H.M.S. Beagle.  The edge of the coin bears an incuse inscription recalling Winston Churchill's words "Our dear Channel Islands will also be freed today."



XIII Commonwealth Games
Edinburgh

XIII Commonwealth Games


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1986    67         38.        

     The XIII Commonwealth games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland from July 24 through August 2, 1986.  This was known as "The Boycott Games." Thirty-two nations elected not to attend, boycotting the Games because of "apartheid in sports." The nations who boycotted were Antigua, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cyprus, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Grenada, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts, St Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

     Twenty six countries sent 1,662 athletes and 461 officials.  These countries were Botswana, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Australia, Falkland Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jersey, Maldives, Malta, New Zealand, Norfolk Islands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, Wales, Western Samoa, and Vanuatu.



World Wildlife Fund
Mauritius Pink Pigeon

Mauritius Pink Pigeon


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1987    70         38.        
     The Pink Pigeon (Nesoerias mayeri) is a native of the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.  It is one of the rarest birds in the world with a population of only 15 in the wild.  Without help from the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust (JWPT) it would soon have been totally extinct.  The JWPT was established in 1963 by the eminent zoologist and author Gerald Durrell.  It is devoted to the concept of captive breeding of endangered species as an aid to their survival in the wild.  In 1984 Gerald Durrell released the first 11 of 150 captive bred Pink Pigeons into the Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens in Mauritius as the first step of a major re-introduction programme to save the species.  The Pink Pigeon is named for its beautiful coloring.  It has a light pink head, neck and under parts with a darker pink back and wings and a bright chestnut colored tail. 



Royal Visit

Royal Visit


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1989    76         38.28        

     This Two Pounds Coin was struck to commemorate the visit to the Bailiwick by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh on the 25th of May, 1989.  The reverse has the Royal Mace of the Bailiwick of Jersey super imposed on map of the island.  The Royal Mace of the Bailiff of Jersey, borne before the Bailiff at the sittings of the Royal Court and of the Assembly of the States of Jersey, was presented by King Charles II to Jersey on the 29th November 1663 in gratitude for the hospitality which he received from the Island on two occasions during his exile.  The mace consists of eleven pieces, made of silver gilt, is 4 ft. 9 inches long, weighs 237 ounces (14 lbs. 13 ozs.) and bears no hallmarks.  Engraved on the foot knop is a Latin inscription, which translated reads-
"Not all doth he deem worthy of such a reward Charles II, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, as a proof of his royal affection towards the Isle of Jersey (in which be has been twice received in safety when he was excluded from the remainder of his dominions) has willed that this Royal Mace should be consecrated to posterity and has ordered that hereafter it shall be carried before the Bailiffs, in perpetual remembrance of their fidelity not only to his august father Charles I but to His Majesty during the fury of the civil wars, when the Island was maintained by the il1ustrious Philip and George de Carteret, Knights, Bailiffs and Governors of the said Island." 

     The Fifty Pence 25th Wedding Anniversary is very similar to this piece. 



50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1990    77         38.61        

     Fifty years ago, the skies over southern England became the fighting arena for those British airmen whom Churchill dubbed "The Few."  At a crucial stage of the war, they answered the challenge to contest the mastery of the air.  Their victory was shadowed by tragic losses.  One in three never returned. 

     The reverse, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, depicts a Spitfire over the outline of the British Isles.



90th Birthday of Queen Mother

90th Birthday of Queen Mother


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1990    83         38.6         
     The reverse of this coin features an exquisite engraving of two of Jersey's most beautiful flowers, the Jersey Pink, Dianthus gallicus, and Jersey Fern, Anogramma leptophylla, linked by Her Majesty's personal cypher, E for Elizabeth.  The obverse carries Raphael Maklouf's renowned engraving of the Queen.



40th Anniversary of the Coronation

40th Anniversary of the Coronation


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1993    89         38.6         
     The reverse of this exquisite coin, modeled in the Royal Mint Engraving Department, depicts familiar items of Royal regalia.  St. Edward's crown - used in the coronation of almost all British Sovereigns since the coronation of Charles II in 1661 - is superimposed on a ceremonial Mace which is chased and ornamented with emblems of the United Kingdom.  Above this is the Coat of Arms of Jersey.



50th Anniversary of Liberation

50th Anniversary of Liberation


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1995    92         38.6         
     The Channel Island of Jersey marked the 50th anniversary of its liberation with five coins.  The reverse of this particular coin was designed by the Royal Mint engraver Robert Elderton to celebrate the end of German occupation.  The other four coins were issued in gold.



Queen's 70th Birthday

Queen's 70th Birthday


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1996    97         38.6         
     To honor the Queen's seventieth birthday, the States of Jersey issued a commemorative two-pound coin.  The reverse design by Norman Sillman shows a delightful birthday bouquet of Jersey lilies, an autumn flowering plant that, with its pink, funnel shaped blooms, is indigenous to the island of Jersey.

     Compare this coin to the 25th Wedding Anniversary One pound coin.

Two Pounds Fifty Pence



25th Wedding Anniversary

25th Wedding Anniversary


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1972    38         40.10        
     This coin was minted at York Stampings Ltd. Birmingham.  The dies were cut by H.B. Sale Ltd., Birmingham while the blanks were prepared by Sheffield Smelting Co. Ltd.  Pictured is a Lobster, (Homarus Vulcaris).  The lobster is found along the rocky coast and in the seas around Jersey.  It is a principal quarry of the local fisherman, who has a large export trade.  A Jersey law of 1938 (Loi sur la Pêche et la Vente de Poisson) prescribes the minimum size of lobster which can be taken.


Five Pounds

50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1990    78         65.00
     This huge coin weighs 4.6215 oz. of .999 fine silver.



50th Wedding Anniversary

50th Wedding Anniversary


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        1997    100        38.6         
     In celebration of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip, the British Royal Mint offered an international collection of sterling silver coins struck in proof quality.  The coins featured attractive reverse designs by some of the most eminent numismatic artist of today, including Leslie Durbin, Philip Nathan, John Savage, and Barry Stanton (the designer of the coin for Jersey).  Among the events captured are the royal engagement, the wedding ceremony, the Coronation and many overseas visits, together with the couple's mutual love of equestrian sports. 

     Countries represented in the collection ranged from Alderney to Zambia.  With the exception of the United Kingdom coin, all coins carried an exquisite 22-karat gold-plated cameo.  This was the first time that the Royal Mint has struck coins featuring this new minting process. 

     The queen's 50th anniversary: love and commitment to the British people.



The New Millennium

The New Millennium


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2000    109        38.6         
     Prominently positioned on a world globe, a golden silhouette of the island of Jersey acknowledge the imminent arrival of the new millennium with a celebratory banner highlighting the historic passage of time from 1999 to 2000.  The reverse design is by Leslie Lindsay, the designer of the 1984 Isle of Man Angel gold coins.



Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2002    111        38.6
     This coin pays tribute to how much Diana achieved in her lifetime and highlights the continuing work of her Memorial Fund today.  Her work with some of the most vulnerable people and her support for major international issues, most famously the global landmine problem, is carried forward today by Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. 



Duke of Wellington

Duke of Wellington


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2002    117        38.6
     To commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death, the Channel Islands of Alderney, Guernsey and Jersey pay tribute to the first Duke of Wellington with these superb coins struck in silver. The coins bear three marvelous designs, marking the outstanding career of this great military commander and statesman who earned his place in history with his famous victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The design on each crown has been enhanced by the latest minting techniques to produce the first colored coins from the Channel Islands.  The maximum mintage of these silver proofs is 1500.

     The image on the Jersey coin is of the Duke of Wellington during the Peninsular War.  Known in Spain as the War of Independence, it was brought about when Napoleon decided to subdue Portugal which was allied to Britain at the time.  The intentions was to close Portuguese ports to British use and disrupt trade.  In 1808, the British forces under the command of Wellington had some initial success in Portugal and forced the French army to evacuate.



Golden Jubilee Procession

Golden Jubilee Procession


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2002    115        38.6
     The States of Jersey authorised the issue of this coin to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  The coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen on the obverse.  The reverse, which was created and sculpted by leading Welsh artist Robert Evans, depicts the scene 'Procession Down The Abbey' taken from her Coronation Day.  This issue is being struck by the Royal Mint and forms part of their Golden Jubilee 24 coin collection. 



Golden Jubilee Procession

Golden Jubilee Procession


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2003    119        38.6
     The States of Jersey authorised the issue of this coin to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 



Prince William

Prince William


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2003    121        38.6       
     In celebration of this remarkable young man, Jersey issued this five pounds coin.



Royal Navy

Royal Navy


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2003    144        38.6       
     Commemorating over 1000 years of naval pride, tradition and excellence, Jersey issued this crown in 2003.  As an island nation, the United Kingdom has relied upon its naval forces to protect her shores for over a thousand years.  The origins of an organized Navy can be traced back to King Alfred the Great who assembled a fleet of long ships to defeat Viking raiders as far back as 897.  Over the coming centuries Britain's naval forces became an increasingly important fixture.  In the sixteenth century, Sir Francis Drake became one of history's most famous sailors by circumnavigating the globe.  Two hundred years later, the bold and brilliant Admiral Horatio Nelson foiled Napoleon's plans for European domination; he was eventually killed during his great victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

     Britain's naval supremacy remained unchallenged until the 20th century and the horrors of World War I.  One of Britain's many heroes through this terrible time was Admiral Sir John Fisher.  A lifelong Royal Navy man, Fisher ensured Britain entered the war with a superbly-trained, well-equipped Navy.  His strategic acumen brought many victories until his surprise resignation in May 1915.  After acquitting itself superbly in World War II, the Royal Navy was called upon once again when Argentinean forces seized the Falkland Islands in 1982. In a war dominated by naval actions, it was the former submariner Admiral Sir John 'Sand' Woodward who commanded the Falkland Island Task Groups and assured Britain of victory.  Today the Royal navy continues to be one of the most committed, skilled and professional armed forces in the world.

     Struck by the Royal Mint, the £5 crown has been produced in conjunction with the Royal Navy to commemorate British Naval excellence.  The reverse design features five of the most famous British seafarers of all time: Alfred the Great, Sir Francis Drake, Horatio Nelson, Sir John Fisher and Sir John Woodward.  The coin also features four famous ships: The Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warspite, HMS Ark Royal and the submarine, HMS Conqueror.



Royal Navy -- Francis Drake

Francis Drake


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2003    130        38.6       
     From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ...

     In 1577, Drake was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth to undertake an expedition against the Spanish along the Pacific coast of the Americas.  He set sail from Plymouth, England, in December aboard the Pelican, with four other ships and over 150 men.  After crossing the Atlantic, two of the ships had to be abandoned on the east coast of South America.  Drake crossed from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Magellan Strait, after which a storm blew his ship so far south, he almost might have realized that Tierra del Fuego, the island seen to the south of the Magellan Strait, was not part of a southern continent (as was believed at that time). 

     The three remaining ships departed for the Strait of Magellan at the southern tip of the continent.  This course established "Drake's Passage", but the route south of Tierra del Fuego around the bottom of South America, where the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans meet at Cape Horn, was not discovered until 1616.

A few weeks later, Drake made it to the Pacific, however, violent storms destroyed one of the ships, and caused another to return to England.  Drake pushed onward in his lone flagship, now renamed the Golden Hind in honour of Sir Christopher Hatton (after his coat of arms). 

     The Golden Hind sailed northward alone along the Pacific coast of South America, attacking Spanish ports like Valparaiso as it went.  Some Spanish ships were captured, and Drake made good use of their more accurate charts.  On his search for the Northwest Passage, Drake may even have reached today's US-Canadian border.  His account of the voyage describes icy waters.  Unable to find the fabled route back into the Atlantic, he turned southward again.

     On June 17, 1579, Drake landed ashore somewhere above Spain's most northerly claim at Point Loma.  Drake found an excellent port, landed, repaired and restocked his vessels, then stayed for a time, keeping friendly relations with the natives.  Drake named the port New Albion (New England), and claimed it for England.  It is usually assumed that Drake's port was somewhere near the northern San Francisco Bay anywhere from Bodega to San Pablo Bay.  A bronze plaque inscribed with Drake's claim to the new lands, fitting the description in Drake's own account, was discovered in Marin County.  This so-called Drake's Plate of Brass was later declared a fraud.  Although Drake's port has also been theorized to have been at Whale Cove (Oregon), and as far north as Comox, British Columbia, no one knows exactly where it was. 

     Drake's brother endured a long period of torture in South America at the hands of Spaniards, who sought intelligence from him about Francis Drake's voyage.  The precise location of Drake's port was carefully guarded to keep it secret from the Spaniards, and several of Drake's maps may even have been altered to this end.  It is unlikely that the riddle of Drake's port will ever be unraveled, for the relevant records at London's Whitehall Palace were burned.

     It is said that Drake left behind many of his men as a small colony, but planned return voyages to the colony were never realized.  The land Drake claimed in the name of the Holy Trinity for the English Crown was called Nova Albion that is in Latin, "New England."

     Drake's voyage to the west coast of North America is important for a number of reasons.  When Drake landed, his chaplain held Holy Communion, as in the words of Thomas Cranmer, "it is very meet and right and our bounden duty so to do." This was one of the first Protestant church services in all the New World (though French Huguenots had founded an ill-fated colony in Florida in the 1560s).  Drake was seen to be gaining prestige at the expense of the Papacy.

     What is certain of the extent of Drake's claim and territorial challenge to the Papacy and the Spanish crown is that his port was founded somewhere north of Point Loma; that all contemporary maps label all lands above the Kingdoms of New Spain and New Mexico as "Nova Albion", and that all colonial claims made from the East Coast in the 1600s were "From Sea to Sea." The colonial claims were established with full knowledge of Drake's claims, which they reinforced, and remained valid in the minds of the colonialists when the colonies became free states.  Maps made soon after would have "Nova Albion" written above the entire northern frontier of New Spain.  These territorial claims would later become important during the negotiations that ended the Mexican-American War between the United States and Mexico.

     Drake now headed westward across the Pacific, and a few months later, reached the Moluccas -- a group of islands in the southwest Pacific (east of today's Indonesia).

     He made multiple stops on his way toward the tip of Africa, eventually rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and reached Sierra Leone by July 22, 1580.  On September 26, the Golden Hind sailed into Plymouth with Drake and 59 crew remaining aboard, along with a rich cargo of spices and captured Spanish treasures.  The Queen's half-share of the cargo surpassed the rest of the crown's income for that entire year.  Hailed as the first Englishman to circumnavigate the Earth, Drake was knighted by Queen Elizabeth aboard the Golden Hind, and became the Mayor of Plymouth and a Member of Parliament.

     The Queen ordered all written accounts of Drake's voyage considered classified information, and its participants sworn to silence on pain of death; her aim was to keep Drake's activities away from the eyes of rival Spain.



Royal Navy -- HMS Victory

HMS Victory


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2004    133        38.6       
     HMS Victory stands today as the world's oldest commissioned warship.  Still manned by Officers and Ratings of the Royal Navy, the Victory has seen over 200 years of almost continuous service.  Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory currently has a dual role as the flagship of the Second Sea Lord and as a living museum to the Georgian navy. 



D-Day

D-Day


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2004    124        38.6   
     The emotive design on the reverse of the coin by David Cornell FRSA, FRBS pays tribute to the courage and determination of the Allied troops who triumphed against all adversity to secure the freedom many of us take for granted.  The coin design incorporates the land, air and naval forces employed in the operation and includes the symbol of The Royal British Legion, the red poppy, printed in full color. 



V.C Winners Guy Gibson

Guy Gibson


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2006    ??         38.6   
     Guy Gibson was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1943, for his part in the audacious attack on the Mohne and Eder Dams.  He led the raids, and in a courageous act, he circled low, deliberately drawing the enemy's firepower to create as safe a run as possible for the following aircraft. 



Great Britons
Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2006    ??         38.6    
     Of all the Great Britons, Winston Churchill was voted the Greatest in a BBC poll.  His long life was packed with incident and achievement.



Great Britons
QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER

QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2007    ??         38.6    



Great Britons
LADY DIANA

LADY DIANA


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2007    ??         38.6    



Queen's 80th Birthday

Queen's 80th Birthday


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2006    ??         38.6    
     Issued for the Queen's 80th birthday.



Queen's 80th Birthday

Queen's 80th Birthday


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2006    ??         38.6    
     Issued for the Queen's 80th birthday.

Ten Pounds


50th Anniversary of the Coronation

50th Anniversary of the Coronation


        YEAR    KM       diameter
        2003    143        65.0    
     The celebrations for the Queen's 50 years reign have been quite incredible.  Culminating the 50th Anniversary of the Coronation, the Royal Mint issued a spectacular coin.  Strucked in 5 ounces of the purest silver and to a flawless proof finish, each coin was plated in 24-carat gold - a golden finish for a Golden Jubilee with a maximum mintage of 2000.  The reverse is designed by Marcel Canioni.

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