Victoria to Elizabeth Penny by Penny

Most of us will be aware of the hugely significant nature of the length of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 inspired celebrations in streets across the UK and towns and cities all over the world, and with good reason; it was only the second time in our history that a British monarch had achieved a reign of 60 years.

The only previous such anniversary was enjoyed by The Queen’s great-great-Grandmother, Queen Victoria, who also went on to record the longest reign by any monarch in British history; 63 years, seven months and two days. Looking forwards, there is every chance that Queen Elizabeth II will surpass this record and, in September 2015, become Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

As we begin to look towards this historic date, we have uncovered some intriguing facts and figures about the royal effigies – from Victoria to Elizabeth – that have appeared on one of our most-loved and hardest-working coins, the penny.

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2012 – the year that was

Although we are all looking forward to 2013…this is a great time to take a look back at some of the best moments of 2012.

As most of you will know our themes for the year were Titanic, Charles Dickens, London 2012 and The Diamond Jubilee. Here we bring together a selection of videos that represent the best of each occasion!
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The Ultimate Royalist

Now that the excitement of the Diamond Jubilee weekend is beginning to fade, the thoughts of everyone at The Royal Mint begin to turn to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

However, we still want to keep the Diamond Jubilee buzz going a little longer…so if you haven’t yet seen the announcement of the Ultimate Royalist competition winners, check out The Ultimate Royalist webpage for details!
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The Diamond Jubilee – part of Royal Mint history, part of Britain’s history…

A Diamond Jubilee is truly special. In Britain’s long history there has only ever been one before now, that of Queen Victoria, the Queen’s great-great-grandmother.

Queen Victoria’s own Diamond Jubilee in 1897 symbolises the spirit of national pride that is still enjoyed on momentous Royal occasions today.
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The Diamond Jubilee Kilo coin from The Royal Mint

When a grand coin containing a full kilo of gold was authorised in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it gave us a unique opportunity to do something truly special.

Such a coin must bear designs that reflect the splendour of the occasion, but also capture our rich royal heritage and go forward in time as symbolic of the nation during The Queen’s reign.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Silver Kilo

When an opportunity like this comes along, we seek out the world’s finest talents to provide their input. In this case we turned to Ian Rank-Broadley, the artist and sculptor
who has already provided several outstanding numismatic portraits of The Queen – most famously the faithful likeness that now graces millions of coins worldwide.

An exceptional opportunity – a real challenge.
Ian Rank-Broadley

The kilo is a flagship coin, limited to only 60 pieces in gold and 1,000 in silver. Each coin is struck with the highest levels of precision. Gold coins come in a wooden case made from sweet chestnut taken from the trees of the Great Windsor Park, the crown estate of Windsor Castle, one of The Queen’s private homes. The silver coins are presented in a royal blue case that perfectly complements the metal.

While many people will be denied the opportunity to own a coin of this stature, the same standards of craftsmanship and quality are applied to all our products, from the coins in your pocket to commemoratives in base and precious metal.

If you are interested in purchasing a kilo coin, you can make enquiries through The Royal Mint website at the link below.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee kilo from The Royal Mint

Diamond Jubilee sweepstake – the winners

We had over 500 entries to our Diamond Jubilee sweepstake, and did you know 95% of entrants feel that The Royal Mint makes the best coins in the world!

I hope you weren’t just saying that because you wanted to win!

If you didn’t win, the coin is still available from The Royal Mint’s secure website – Buy the Diamond Jubilee Silver Crown

So who won?

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