Since 1953, the Queen’s image has adorned British coinage in a beautiful series of portraits that mark
her journey to becoming Britain’s longest and oldest reigning monarch.This stunning Silver layered Crown Coin features the second of these portraits by Arnold Machin.  

Arnold Machin – a well-respected Royal Academician who had been honoured with an OBE in 1965 – was given the task of creating the new effigy. His design, which featured Her Majesty wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara (a wedding present from her grandmother, Queen Mary), was first seen on the new decimal 5p and 10p coins issued in 1968 and was used until 1984; a version has also appeared on Royal Mail postage stamps since 1967.

The reverse symbolises the shields of the Royal Arms. Located at the north and south positions are the shields that represent England, containing three lions passant. A lion rampant represents Scotland in the east position, and to the west is a harp that represents Ireland. The four quadrants depict the St. Edwards crown, encircled by the Latin inscription ‘NOVEM DECENNIS GLORIOSE PERACTIS’ (nine decades gloriously accomplished). The year dates 1926-2016 to represent Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday.

Specifications
Metal:
Layered in pure silver and accented in pure gold.
Quality:
Proof
Weight:
28.28g
Diameter:
38.6mm
Country of issue:
Gibraltar
Denomination:
Crown
Year of issue:
2016
Mintage limit:
24,999