In 1953, when Queen Elizabeth II acceded the throne, the President of the French Republic – Vincent Auriol – gifted her a special Coronation present: a pure Gold medal.
There was just one produced worldwide, and it was struck in the workshops of Monnaie de Paris.
And now, in the Coronation year of King Charles III, President Emmanuel Macron has asked that the tradition be continued for His Majesty.
So, over 70 years later, Monnaie de Paris have curated a new special Gold medal as a Coronation present for the King.
A Golden Gift: The Coronation Medal
The Chief General Engraver of Monnaie de Paris, Joaquin Jimenez, was elected to design the medal, turning his hand to what he said to be an “immense honour”.
Conforming to the tradition, Jimenez decided to depict King Charles III’s portrait facing to the left, the opposite side to Elizabeth II.
This unique portrait of King Charles III on the medal’s obverse presents His Majesty wearing his Navy Uniform.
The reverse design innovatively captures the intricacy of Highgrove House, where King Charles III mostly resides. The Royal Cypher also features, thoughtfully set against intertwining ivy which is symbolic of His Majesty’s affiliation for the Gordon Highlanders.
The Royal State Visit
The medal was presented to His Majesty King Charles III by President Emmanuel Macron on the King’s Royal State Visit to France.
The three-day visit began with a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe where a flypast from the Red Arrows and the French Air Force counterparts marked alliance between the two nations.
The King and President Macron went on to lay a wreath at the Eternal Flame, symbolising the endless sacrifices of French and British troops.
Monnaie de Paris’ Gift to Collectors…
But despite there being just one medal in the possession of King Charles III, Monnaie de Paris also wanted to create a gift for collectors too.
They designed and crafted replicas of the exact medal gifted to His Majesty, struck from solid Bronze and Sterling Silver.
And The Westminster Collection have been given worldwide exclusivity to sell them.
One year has now passed since the world mourned the loss of a remarkable monarch, a beloved leader and a symbol of strength and grace.
And our latest video has been dedicated to the memory of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Watch below.
Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II committed herself to a life of royal duty, earning the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world.
To preserve her majesty’s memory after her passing last year and the profound impact she made on countless lives, a breathtaking collection of memoriam coins has been unveiled – a testament to her tireless devotion to duty, and unwavering commitment to her people.
Each commemorative coin in this new collection serves as a token of remembrance – discover the intricate details and heartfelt symbolism woven into these coins.
View the key pieces below and delve into the depths of this magnificent collection.
Own the whole story with the In Memoriam Proof £5 Set
Introducing the 2023 British Isles ‘In Memoriam’ Proof £5 Set, a collection of three extraordinary coins commemorating the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II – featuring three £5 coins from Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man.
Strictly Limited to JUST 995 Collectors WORLDWIDE — That’s a tiny number for such an important anniversary and a sell-out looks guaranteed.
A touching tribute with the Silver Proof £5
Meticulously crafted from sterling silver to a stunning Proof finish, this new £5 features an original design by specialist heraldry artist, Neil Bromley.
What is so poignant about this design is the quote from the Shakespearean play Hamlet, “May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest” which were the touching words expressed by her son King Charles in his speech on September 9th, the day after he acceded the throne.
A reign to remember through the Silver Proof £5 set
In a heartfelt tribute to a reign which shaped history and touched countless lives, a British Isles Queen Elizabeth II ‘In Memoriam’ Silver Proof £5 Collection has been released, one year after Her Late Majesty’s passing.
Each coin has been officially approved by Buckingham Palace and has been struck from Sterling Silver to a pristine Proof finish.
Featuring three unique designs, this brand-new set honours Her Late Majesty’s extraordinary life, unwavering service and ever-lasting grace.
A true gem for your collection – the stunning Silver 5oz
Struck from five ounces of Pure Silver, the 65mm diameter is the perfect way to show off this fantastic tribute.
Fully approved by Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s funeral wreath of symbolic flowers: Rosemary, Geraniums, Dahlias, English Oak, and Roses are wonderfully depicted.
The Inscription ‘In Loving and Devoted Memory’ is taken directly from the handwritten card that accompanied the wreath.