A new design reflecting centuries of tradition

The wonderful reverse of your 2016 Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Gold coin features a design based on one of the most familiar symbols of the British nation - the royal coat of arms.

We see the coat of arms everywhere, from courts of law to the products of companies who hold a Royal Warrant for supplying the royal household - and of course it has been used many times on our coinage, including the one pound coin introduced in 1983.

Your 2016 Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Gold coin, however, adds a contemporary twist to this most traditional and recognisable of emblems. Presented here in classic fashion are the iconic lion and unicorn, standing rampant at either side of the royal shield and both exquisitely accented in the most delicate yet eye-catching manner - in rose gold in the case of the lion (representing England) and white gold in the case of the unicorn (representing Scotland). The matching of the lion and the unicorn dates back to the 1603 accession of James VI of Scotland to the crown of England as James I, which united the two nations under one kingdom.

Exclusive to our collectors - a brand new royal image by Raphael Maklouf

You will already have encountered the royal portrait adorning your 2016 Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Gold Coin once before in this set, on the very first coin that you received. The portrait has been created exclusively for The London Mint Office by one of the most famous names in modern coinage design, Raphael Maklouf.

Maklouf will need little introduction to any admirer of Britain’s coinage, as he was responsible for the graceful image of the Queen that adorned all British coins from 1985 to 1997. In some ways, his new portrait recalls his original image of the Queen - for example, it once again depicts her wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown, which she wears on ceremonial occasions such as the State Opening of Parliament. As I’m sure you’ll agree, this is also a portrait that reflects with real warmth a monarch who is entering her ninth decade.

As you have collected six of the seven coins in your Queen's 90th Birthday Set, we would like to give you this final opportunity to complete your collection with the final Queen's 90th Birthday Gold Coin.

A life of service to the nation

Struck to proof quality, your 2016 Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Gold coin sets the seal on a set of coins that marks the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen in glorious style. We think it is the most engaging tribute to the Queen’s nine decades to be produced for the occasion of the Queen’s 90th birthday - a set that not only builds on the legacy of the four iconic portraits that have graced our coinage but adds something genuinely new to it.

The 2016 Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Gold coin is yours together with an official certificate signed by Raphael Maklouf himself, which confirms the coin’s authenticity and gold content. Please keep it in a safe place for future reference. 

 

Specifications
Metal:
Gold (9 carat)
Quality:
Proof
Weight:
10 grams
Diameter:
26mm
Issuing Authority:
Gibraltar
Denomination:
Double Crown
Year of issue:
2016
Special Features:
Special QEII 90th privy mark