Commemorating a Unique Moment in History

In 2016, the acclaimed British sculptor, coin and medal designer Philip Nathan was commissioned to mark a unique moment in the history of our nation, the first time that a reigning British monarch has ever celebrated their ninetieth birthday. 

Crafted in Beautifully Toned Bronze

Nathan’s majestic designs were officially approved by Buckingham Palace before being struck in solid bronze, presenting the sculptor’s vision in beautiful ultra high relief.  Measuring an impressive 61mm in diameter, each medal is finished with a beautiful dark toned effect that accentuates its fine detail, and allows Nathan’s stunning portraits of The Queen to be fully realised with exquisite detail.   

The result is a masterpiece in miniature, without doubt one of the finest royal medals that we have ever seen. 

Contemporary and Traditional

The obverse features a head and shoulders portrait of The Queen in a contemporary ‘three quarter’ profile wearing the cloak of the Order of the Garter and the famous Royal Diamond Diadem.  She is depicted facing to the left, unlike her traditional appearance on circulating coins, which always show her facing right.      

The reverse depicts The Queen on horseback and echoes the famous equestrian portrait that appeared at the start of her reign on the 1953 Coronation Crown.  The Queen’s love of horses is well known, so it is highly appropriate that a traditional equestrian portrait has been used to mark this significant milestone in the history of her long reign. 

Presented in ultra-high relief, both designs take on a distinctive three-dimensional quality that perfectly demonstrates the artist’s skill as a sculptor as well as a coin and medal designer.  

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Very rare for a medal to
depict The Queen's portrait

A free commemorative book
with your order

100 Grammes of
solid bronze

A Highly Acclaimed Artist

Now semi-retired, sculptor Philip Nathan has been at heart of British coin design for over 40 years. His impressive portfolio includes coins and medals to commemorate historic Royal events.  These include the 1981 Crown to commemorate the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the 1997 Golden Wedding Anniversary Crown featuring conjoined portraits of The Queen and Prince Philip.

Thirty years ago, Nathan won a prestigious competition to design a new British gold bullion coin.  His now iconic 1987 portrait of a windswept, standing Britannia has been described as ‘a triumph of numismatic art’.

A Limited Opportunity

Official palace approved medals depicting a portrait of The Queen are incredibly rare, but there is still time for you to own Philip Nathan’s 2016 royal masterpiece.  The London Mint Office is very proud to offer you the opportunity to own one of the final strikes of his stunning tribute to Her Majesty’s nine decades gloriously accomplished.

Weighing 100 grammes of solid bronze, this beautifully crafted and toned medal is over seven times the size of a pound coin. Only 2,016 pieces have been struck to ensure that each will remain highly collectible and sought after by discerning collectors for many years to come. 

Exclusive for 2017, each medal is presented in a beautiful display case to protect it for future generations to enjoy; making it the ideal gift for collectors of limited edition fine art pieces and for people who appreciate the enormous contribution that The Queen has made to the fabric and colour of our nation. 

Specifications
Metal:
Solid Bronze
Finish:
Beautifully Toned Bronze
Weight:
100 grams
Diameter:
61mm
Year of issue:
2016
Issue Limit:
Only 2,016 struck