Thursday, 2 February 2017
The Queen’s record-breaking reign is to be marked with a new £5 coin which shifts the crown around for the first time to make the monarch’s Blue Sapphire stone visible.
The Royal Mint has commissioned a range of specially designed Sapphire Jubilee commemorative coins to mark the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.
The milestone – which falls on 6 February and is a first for a British monarch has seen coins struck in a range of metals and denominations from £5, £10 and £500 to £1,000.
All the coins feature the Queen’s image in profile on the main side but the £5 range has the imperial state crown on the reverse, and an excerpt from Princess Elizabeth’s famous speech where she dedicated herself to her future role as Queen.
It reads: “My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.”
Royal sources say she will spend the day in “quiet reflection” at Sandringham as for the Queen, the more important anniversary is that the death of her father King George VI.
The recommended retail prices for the commemorative coins range from £13 for the brilliant un-circulated £5 piece to £49,995 for the £1,000 UK gold proof kilo coin – expensive, but not to be the most valuable coin produced by the Royal Mint.
Although she is the first British monarch to reach 65 years on the throne, the feat is not unique elsewhere.
Louis XIV of France, who reigned for 72 years, and King Bhumipol of Thailand, who died last year after a 70-year reign, are among those who reached Platinum Jubilees.
Source by: Internet