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65th Anniversary

Sapphire Coronation 

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  • Commemorating 65th Sapphire Year since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

  • Proof 5-ounce Silver Five Crown coin

  • Featuring motifs of the five iconic QEII portraits to have appeared on UK national coinage

  • Limited worldwide mintage – exclusive to The Bradford Mint​

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65 years ago, The Queen’s Coronation took place at Westminster Abbey, The Queen was the thirty-ninth Sovereign and sixth Queen to be crowned there.

Whilst the Queen succeeded to the Throne the previous year on the 6 February 1952, the date Tuesday 2 June
1953 was chosen for the coronation on the advice of meteorologists who determined that statistically, it was likely to have the best weather.


True to British style however on the day, it poured with rain. The rain did little to dampen the spirits of the nation, however. In London the roads were packed with people, many had camped for two days along the procession route hoping to catch a glimpse of their new queen. Thousands more celebrated throughout the country and the Commonwealth with street parties. After the dark years of the Second World War and the austerity that followed, The Coronation was a much-anticipated splash of colour and ceremony.

It was announced earlier in the year that, for the first time ever in history, the Crowning Ceremony was to be broadcast on television allowing the whole nation to witness the majesty and splendour of the occasion in a way never possible before. There was, however, some controversy in the Government as to whether it would be ‘right and proper’ to televise such a solemn occasion. Several members of the Cabinet, including Sir Winston Churchill, urged the Queen to spare herself the strain of the heat and glare of the cameras, by refusing to have the ceremony televised. The Queen refused to listen to their protests; nothing was to stand between her crowning and her people’s right to participate.

On June 2nd, 1953 at 11 o’clock a hush fell over the nation as all over the country people settled down in front of television sets to watch their new Sovereign being crowned. For many, it was the first time they had ever watched television.

At 11.15am, the Queen processed from the west door of the abbey, along with the nave and choir, to the theatre that had been built at the east end. In her 250-strong procession, there were church leaders, Commonwealth prime ministers, members of the Royal Household, civil and military leaders and the Yeomen of the Guard.

The three-hour Ceremony took place exactly as it is laid down in the history books. It is a service that has remained unchanged for centuries and falls into six basic parts: the recognition, the oath, the anointing, the investiture, which includes the crowning, the enthronement and the homage. When the Archbishop of Canterbury placed the St Edward's Crown onto Her Majesty's head the Abbey erupted with cries of 'God Save Elizabeth, Long Live Queen Elizabeth'. By 2 pm, almost three hours after it began, the service was over. It was watched on television by 27 million people in the UK (out of the 36 million population), and in addition, 11 million listened to the broadcast on the radio.
The event established the television in British life with many families acquiring their first sets specifically for the occasion.


The return route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace was designed especially so that The Queen and her procession could be seen by as many people in London as possible - the 7.2 km route took the participants two hours to complete.

Later in the evening, following the service, The Queen made a broadcast to the nation reflecting on the events of the day, thanking the public for their support and promising to serve the nation “I am sure that this, my Coronation, is not the symbol of a power and a splendour that are gone but a declaration of our hopes for the future, and for the years I may, by God’s Grace and Mercy, be given to reign and serve you as your Queen”. And what a glorious reign it has been!

Since Her Majesty’s Coronation, the Queen’s image has adorned British coinage in a beautiful series of portraits that mark her journey to becoming our longest and oldest reigning monarch. This 5-ounce Silver Five Crown coin features motifs of the five iconic portraits to have appeared on UK national coinage.

The first portrait of Her Majesty to appear on UK coinage was introduced in 1953. The sculptor, Mary Gillick, captured the grace and youth of the 26-year-old new queen. The Queen looked youthful and optimistic, it represented a fresh start following the Second World War and announced a new Elizabethan era. This portrait was used on UK coinage from 1953 until decimalisation in 1971.

The second UK Coinage Portrait was designed by Arnold Machin and used on UK coinage until 1984. The Queen was shown wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara. 

The third Coin Portrait was issued between 1985 and 1997. Designed by sculptor, Raphael Maklouf. The Queen wears the George IV State Diadem and is shown for the first time wearing earrings and a necklace.

The fourth UK Coin Portrait was designed by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and was introduced in 1998. It showed a mature portrait of the Queen wearing the Queen Mary button stud pearl earrings and the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.

The fifth portrait by Jody Clark was introduced in 2015. The Queen is depicted wearing the Diamond Jubilee drop pearl earrings and her chin is lifted slightly which has been said to indicate that she is looking positively towards the future.

Only the first 300 of these proof 5-ounce Silver coins where actually struck exclusively for The Bradford Mint on the 2nd June 2018 – exactly 65 years since Her Majesty, our oldest and longest reigning monarch, was coronated. Stock is selling very far so prompt contact is recommended to secure your piece now.

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