Her Majesty ascended the throne on 6 February 1952 and was crowned Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953 at the age of 27.
On that rainy day in June, an estimated three million people lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the Coronation procession, while millions more crowded around newly-purchased television sets to watch the investiture of Britain’s youngest Sovereign since Queen Victoria.
For many, the Coronation represented the beginning of a hopeful new Elizabethan era.
In her glittering Coronation portrait, The Queen wears the Imperial State Crown.
She holds the Royal regalia incorporating the Sovereign’s sceptre-with-cross, representing temporal power, and the Sovereign’s orb, symbolising the Monarch’s role as Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. On her right hand, Her Majesty wears the Coronation ring and on both wrists are golden armills.
Over the course of her life, Her Majesty has been witness to many world events from the Second World War to the landing on the moon. She has also seen radical developments in all areas of human endeavour including science, medicine, transport, culture, art and technology.
Her Majesty has also faced many personal challenges with courage, strength and dignity – qualities for which she has become renowned.
The 1oz silver coin is subject to an issue limit. No more than 5,000 of the 1oz silver coins will be released in this packaging from a maximum coin mintage of 7,500. No more than 1,000 of the 1/4oz gold coins will be released.
The silver coin’s reverse features Sir Cecil Beaton’s official Coronation portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in colour.
The gold coin’s reverse features a struck impression of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonial regalia, also captured by Sir Cecil Beaton.
Both reverse designs also incorporate the inscription ‘Anniversary of Coronation’ and the dates 1953 – 2013.
Both coin’s obverse of both coin’s depict the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2013 year-date.
Each coin is housed in a display case with illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.