On the 20th November, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate their Platinum Wedding Anniversary – that’s an incredible 70 years of marriage and a first in British royal history. To mark this important milestone, The Royal Mint has released a brand new £5 coin in tribute to the longest marriage in royal history.
The obverse features a special double portrait of the royal couple by sculptor Etienne Millner. The traditional design depicts Her Majesty wearing a royal coronet and Prince Philip shown in the supporting position of a royal consort.
Two reverse designs
Artist John Bergdahl has created two reverse designs, the equestrian design and the double shield design.
The first design depicts Her Majesty and Prince Philip at the Trooping the Colour. The Queen is riding her favourite horse Burmese.
Over the years, designs that feature mounted figures have become a traditional way to mark important royal occasions, such as the Golden and Diamond Jubilee £5 Coins…
The second design, the double shield, was inspired by the official programme of events for state occasions at the time that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh were married. It comprises double arms which depict the heraldic lineage of both families at the time of their union.
Available in precious metal and base metal, here’s your guide to the new 2017 United Kingdom Platinum Wedding Anniversary £5 coin range.
Perfect Quality. Very Affordable.
The Royal Mint is releasing a brilliant uncirculated base metal version of the Platinum Wedding Anniversary £5 coin. These coins have been specially struck and carefully handled to ensure that they are free of scratches and chips found amongst circulating coins.
Known as Brilliant Uncirculated (BU), they are available for £13.00 in a Royal Mint Presentation Pack or £10.99 in a Change Checker Certified Brilliant Uncirculated Collector Card.
Silver Proof – the Collector’s Favourite.
The Silver Proof £5 coin is firmly established as the most sought-after coin amongst collectors because they have all the qualities that collectors really desire.
Precious metal content – struck from 925/1000 Sterling Silver
Strictly Limited Edition – just 15,000 coins. The Sapphire Jubilee Silver £5 with an edition limit of 8,000 sold out in just one week. This one looks to sell out quickly too.
The perfect Proof Finish – even better than Brilliant Uncirculated. Proof coins are struck several times using specially polished dies to create a flawless finish with a perfect mirrored background. The ultimate coin quality.
The Gold Standard
For the ultimate limited edition, a Gold Proof coin has also been issued. Struck in 22 carat Gold, just 1,250 individual coins have been authorised for release.
If you’re interested …
You can own one of the special Collector Edition UK Platinum Wedding Anniversary Coins today.
Update, 27th June: It has now been confirmed that the Gold Proof Piedfort Sovereign has completely SOLD OUT at the Mint, in just 24 HOURS. It’s still available at The Westminster Collection, click here >>
2017 marks the bicentenary of the ‘modern’ Gold Sovereign – the most important numismatic anniversary for decades. To mark this occasion a number of special limited edition Gold Sovereigns have been released, including what might be the most important gold sovereign of them all – the first ever Gold Proof Piedfort Sovereign.
The Gold Sovereign is undoubtedly the United Kingdom’s most famous gold coin, and has been struck from 22 Carat Gold to the exact same specification since 1817.
To mark the 200th anniversary of the ‘modern’ Gold Sovereign, The Royal Mint has created a milestone in numismatic history by issuing the first ever Piedfort Sovereign.
Piedfort coins are some of the finest examples of British craftsmanship and the Gold Proof Piedfort Sovereign is no exception.
The very first Piedfort can be traced back to the 12th century. First minted in France, the name directly translates to ‘heavy measure’. The striking of Piedfort coins began later in England, however examples are known to date back to the reign of Edward I.
Piedforts were considered prestige pieces and ownership was often used as a means to signify a person’s wealth and power.
Today, Piedforts continue to be limited issues and striking of such pieces is reserved strictly for the most important events. Therefore, it seems fitting the UK’s first Piedfort Sovereign has been struck to mark 200 years of the Sovereign.
From today, for the first time ever, collectors will be able to own the Piedfort Gold Sovereign and with an edition limit of just 3,500, this new release is sure to be one that will be treasured in years to come.
You can now own the First Ever Gold Proof Piedfort Sovereign, but with such a tiny edition limit, they won’t be available for long. Sign up below if you’d like to be contacted about owning this UK first: