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 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.


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