Her Majesty's 90th Birthday Crown Coin - The Gillick Portrait

Layered in pure silver and accented in 24 carat gold

The Queen's 90th Birthday Crown The Gillick Portrait

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  • A celebration of Her Majesty's portraits in her 90th birthday year, officially approved by Buckingham Palace
  • Featuring the beautiful Mary Gillick portrait of a young 26-year-old Queen Elizabeth II without her crown.
  • Layered in pure silver, accented in 24 carat gold, encircled by the Latin inscription ‘NOVEM DECENNIS GLORIOSE PERACTIS’ (nine decades gloriously accomplished)
  • Type: Single
  • Availability: Low
Price: £ 34.95

As the Queen celebrated her ninetieth birthday in 2106, our nation honoured the remarkable life of the little princess who was never meant to rule but became Britain’s record-breaking monarch.

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.

In 1952, the Nottingham-born artist Mary Gillick was chosen from sixteen other candidates to prepare the new Queen’s first coin portrait. She was able to sketch Her Majesty in person and, after their sitting, was said to have exclaimed, ‘I am now her devoted slave forever!’ Gillick’s delight in the young monarch is clear in her simple, uncluttered portrait – the only one to show the Queen without a crown – which reflected the optimism of the new reign.

The effigy appeared on the coinage from 1953 to 1967 and is still used on the Maundy money distributed annually by Queen Elizabeth II. The obverse of the coin features an uncrowned portrait of the Queen facing right (the opposite to her predecessor), bare-shouldered, adorned with a simple classical laurel wreath tied with a ribbon – quite the striking image. 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 represent Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday.

Price: £ 34.95
Layered in pure silver and accented in pure gold.
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