Her Majesty The Queen becomes the UK’s longest reigning monarch

Her Majesty The Queen enters the record books today as she becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history. Her reign will exceed the length of Queen Victoria’s who was previously Britain’s longest reigning monarch, with a reign that spanned 63 years and 216 days – that’s a total of 23,226 days! Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria are the only British monarchs to have celebrated their Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the throne), with King George III, King James VI and I, King Henry III and King Edward all having celebrated 50 years or more on the throne.

More than a century separates these two remarkable reigns, both of which come with some remarkable statistics – particularly when we take a look at coins. So, we thought we’d take a look at The Queen’s reign in numbers.

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The Queen’s reign in numbers

During Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, there have been an estimated 68 billion UK circulating coins struck by The Royal Mint. That’s more than 27 times the number of circulating coins struck during Queen Victoria’s reign – 2,484,075,418 coins – and works out as almost 10 coins for every person on earth and 1,000 coins for every person in the United Kingdom! Do you have 1,000 coins in your collection? 

There have also been 91,174,929 Sovereigns struck during The Queen’s reign with a combined weight of 727.58 tonnes of gold – that’s the weight of 182 elephants and would be worth an estimated £17 billion at today’s gold price.

Many of you will remember that in March 2015, The Royal Mint revealed the design for the fifth circulating coin portrait of The Queen by Jody Clark. But did you know there has been a total of 23 different portraits of The Queen on UK coins and medals? Five on UK medals, five on circulating coins and 13 commemorative portraits!

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The latest UK commemorative portrait of The Queen, by James Butler, has been designed to mark The Queen becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch and features on a number of coins in the Longest Reigning Monarch UK coin range.

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If you would like to mark this once-in-a-lifetime event, the Longest Reigning Monarch UK coin range is now available to order from royalmint.com.

  • Adam Swansbury

    68 billion UK circulating coins have carried the Queen’s portrait. A phenomenal number. If we were to add those for the Crown Dependencies, Empire and Commonwealth since 1952, there’d be still more. Adding in collector coins would knock the total up maybe another 1% only. I notice that some present-day Commonwealth republics, such as Zambia, have issued collector coins with the Queen’s portrait on the obverse. If you then add all those collector coins in which she is depicted on the reverse, as an effigy or otherwise, and either alone or not, that would be a stunning total but probably impossible to calculate, since coins are being minted as I write.