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.
We all know about how the Platinum Jubilee has created a collecting hype like nothing I’ve seen for many years.
It’s been a case of blink and you’ll miss it. Just take a look at how quickly Platinum Jubilee coins have been selling out…
2022 British Isles 50p — First Release SOLD OUT
The Official British Isles 50p tribute to the Platinum Jubilee was first released as a Dual-Plated edition. With first-release stock selling out in less than two hours, collectors are now frantially ordering the Gold-Plated edition of this stunning 50p.
2022 UK 50p — SOLD OUT in less than 24 hours
In January, the UK Platinum Jubilee 50p was released. The FIRST EVER Royal 50p and and featuring a brand-new obverse design — a sell-out was inevitable. Indeed, ALL limited specifications SOLD OUT in 24 hours, including the Silver Proof 50p.
2022 UK £5 — All limited specifications SOLD OUT
In January, the traditional commemorative £5 coin was released. Since then, every limited specification has completely SOLD OUT…
And now, as we approach the Bank Holiday and look forward to the street parties, a BRAND NEW release is coming.
My expectation? That this release is going to break Platinum Jubilee sell out records.
That’s because these coins have some of the lowest edition limits I’ve seen for the Platinum Jubilee. Which means collectors looking to complete their Platinum Jubilee collection are inevitably going to miss out.
Released on the 9th May you’ll need to be up and ready at 8am to have any chance of securing one before they’ve sold out!
A flagship specification for Westminster collectors, ‘Masterpiece’ issues truly live up to their name and this British Isles Platinum Jubilee release was no different! Issued to mark Her Majesty’s record-breaking reign, this coin was struck from Pure Silver to a Proof finish and features a thoughtful design that pays tribute to the constant and reassuring figure. In fact, artist Neil Bromley spent 2-3 weeks on the exquisite reverse design, and we think he did an amazing job. Just ask the 285 collectors who have bought this Masterpiece, causing a complete SELL OUT!
For this particular Masterpiece, the Queen’s Virtues are the focus — and in this blog, we’ll dissect the fascinating design…
What are the Queen’s Virtues?
The Queen’s Virtues encapsulate the personifications of both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. They are widely acknowledged as principles founded by Queen Victoria in the Victorian Age, and to this day, are carried forward by Queen Elizabeth II and so remain the core virtues of the British nation. The virtues are Victory, Charity, Justice, Courage, Truth and Constancy.
The Queen holds the position of Head of the Armed Forces and as such, victory as a virtue, represents the end of conflict and celebration of peace.
The virtue Charity expresses the Sovereigns responsibility to make charitable efforts to take care of the suffering.
Sovereigns have established legal systems throughout the UK and from the beginning, have become important figures in the enforcement of law. Therefore, one of the Queens virtues is ‘Justice’ — as monarchs have been known as the ‘Fount of Justice’. The Platinum Jubilee Silver Masterpiece features a winged Angel representing justice for the people on earth, ensuring harmony and orderly manner within society.
Courage helps the Sovereign perform tasks that need to be carried out, and it is said the virtue courage makes all others possible.
Truthfulness is important to the Sovereign — Our Queen Elizabeth II is known to be the searcher and seeker of truth.
As the longest reigning monarch, Her Majesty has shown great constancy over her 70-year reign, maintaining commitments and Royal duties.
The masterpiece carries each of these virtues in segments, with the seventh segment at the bottom displaying ‘70’ in Roman numerals and ‘Platinum Jubilee’ written in Latin.
Meet the Designer
Neil Bromley who studied art for six years at college and graduated with a H.N.D in Calligraphy and Heraldry at Reigate School of Art in 1995, spent 2-3 weeks designing the reverse. Having designed and drawn over 30 coin designs to date, his work includes the painting of family crests, shields and full coats of arms.
Bromley took inspiration from the Queen Victoria Monument in London, situated in front of Buckingham Palace, which commemorates the death of Queen Victoria in 1902.
Using 2,300 tons of white Carrara marble, the central monument is 25 metres high and was created between 1906 and 1924 by Sir Thomas Brock. It features Victoria, as well as statues representing courage, constancy, victory, charity, truth, and motherhood.
Creating a Masterpiece
Bromley spent many hours researching the Victoria Monument — alternative images of the six virtue statues from different angles were found to define a balance within the coin. He also took inspiration from some of the original drawings by Thomas Brock and old photographs.
Once Neil had suitable images, they were drawn by hand to form a pencil sketch on trace.
Each virtue was then re-drawn on hot press paper as separate single artworks. Each drawing taking around 2-3 days. Given the amount of detail in each statue, it was important to capture as much as possible and to create depth.
The coin design was created separately and took into account the directions of the images that related to the Latin text in each segment. The Latin for each segment was discussed through a medieval forum to gain the correct spelling and to advise on a suitable Latin inscription for Platinum Jubilee. This was discussed and agreed upon by several medieval historians and calligraphers.
The final Masterpiece design was then struck from .999 Pure Silver to a Proof finish, with selective 24 Carat Gold-plating added to enhance elements of the design. The Proof finish requires immense craftsmanship and as such a mirror-like result sharpens the design.
And as I mentioned earlier, this incredible piece SOLD OUT in a matter of hours…
If this disappoints you, then I have what you need…
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