New Coin Minted To Mark Longest Reign in British History

  August 31, 2015 at 9:30 pm by

The Royal Mint has released the design of the £20 silver coin it has produced to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning British monarch.

View the full image at The Scotsman

View the full image at The Scotsman

It has been designed by Stephen Taylor and features the five coinage portraits of the Queen that have been used on coins in the United Kingdom since 1952. “I wanted to convey how Queen Elizabeth has matured on the face of a coin, just like Queen Victoria did,” Mr Taylor said of his design, mentioning that it was “a challenge” to combine the five portraits into a single design.

Director of Commemorative Coin and Medals at The Royal Mint, Shane Bissett, said of the milestone: “Never before have all coins in circulation carried the portrait of the same monarch, and for many, the Queen will be the only British monarch they have known…This historic event is not only a memorable one for the nation, but a significant one for the Royal Mint.”

The Queen will surpass the reign length of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, on September 9 with a reign of 63 years and 217 days.

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3 Responses to New Coin Minted To Mark Longest Reign in British History

  1. Rebecca Cochran says:

    How can I purchase the new coin??

  2. JessRulz says:

    Hi Rebecca, the coin can be bought through the Royal Mint website: http://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/events/the-longest-reigning-monarch

  3. M Alexander says:

    Readers are welcome to view all of the coins minted to celebrate the Queen’s longest reign at: http://news.coinupdate.com/longest-british-reign-observed-on-new-collection-of-coins/ There are gold, silver and platinum versions and Canada & Australia will also issue coins for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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