New Coin Minted To Mark Longest Reign in British History
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.
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.Filed under The United Kingdom
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