The Royal Mint has struck a set of coins to commemorate The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee.
The coins are set in a variation of metals with and denomination, and while The Queen is not officially celebrating her Sapphire Jubilee, the coins will mark a commemoration of this momentous milestone which is a first for any reigning British monarch.
The coins, available on the Royal Mint site range from £13 for a standard £5 to a whopping £49,995 for the £1,000 UK gold proof kilo coin. If you can’t afford £50,000, a much cheaper limited design of just 110 is available for £8,250.
The £5 coins feature The Queen’s image on the main side as usual, but the reverse has the imperial crown a quote from then Princess Elizabeth’s speech where she dedicated herself to her future role as Queen.
“My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.”
Glyn Davies, who designed the £5 denominations said: “I drew inspiration from the regalia associated with The Queen’s coronation.”
“As opposed to many traditional designs, I’ve rotated the crown to make a feature of the Stuart sapphire.”
Gregory Cameron, a bishop in the Anglican Church in Wales, designed the £10, £500 and £1,000 coins which feature the royal coat of arms on the reverse instead.
He said: “The shield is supported by two branches. On the left, as we look at the shield, is the olive branch, a symbol of faithfulness and reconciliation, and on the right, a branch of oak, representing stability and loyalty in service.”
“These are all qualities we can associate with Her Majesty.”
The uncirculated coin will be sold with a display folder filled with memories and observations from The Queen’s 65-year reign which was created with the help of former BBC Royal Correspondent, Jennie Bond.
The Royal Mint has joined with Westminster Abbey to commemorate this historic occasion, and a special offer is available. Every coin from the Sapphire Jubilee range will come with an admission voucher to Westminster Abbey, where The Queen was crowned on 2nd of July 1951.
The coins are available on the Royal Mint site.