A historic reign more than 63 years in the making is the subject of
four new coins from the Pobjoy Mint.
The firm announced Sept. 16 that it was releasing a series of coins
from four different overseas territories to commemorate Queen
Elizabeth II’s Sept. 9 historical milestone, when she became the
longest-reigning British monarch.
Four different designs, released on behalf of Ascension Island,
British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands, and South Georgia & the
South Sandwich Islands, are available in Uncirculated copper-nickel or
Proof .925 fine silver editions.
The monarch broke the previous record that had been established by
her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
Queen Victoria came to the throne aged 18 and died in 1901 when she
was 81. Buckingham Palace representatives calculated that Queen
Victoria reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes, a record
that is now surpassed.
Queen Elizabeth II is already in the record books for becoming the
longest-living British monarch and, according to the Guinness Book
of World Records, she also holds the world record for most
currencies featuring the same individual.
Each of the four nations has issued a distinct portrait on its
coins, which also feature a privy mark related to the distinct design.
The crown coins for Ascension Island depict a 1957 portrait from the
queen’s first televised Christmas message. The privy mark, an image of
Sandringham, represents the place from where the message was televised.
The copper-nickel dollar and silver $10 coins from the British
Virgin Islands carry a 2012 portrait from the State Opening of
Parliament and a privy mark showing the Houses of Parliament.
A 1953 portrait taken during the queen’s coronation appears on the
crown coins from the Falkland Islands, alongside a privy mark of
Westminster Abbey where the coronation occurred.
The £2 coins from South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands bear a
2011 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II taken from the Duke & Duchess
of Cambridge’s wedding, accompanied by a privy mark of the balcony at
Buckingham Palace where the couple enjoyed a famous kiss after being
presented to the public.
The obverse of each coin features an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by
All of the coins measure 38.6 millimeters in diameter and weigh
The Uncirculated coins have an unlimited mintage and each retails
The Proof coins are limited to a mintage of 10,000 pieces per design
and each retails for $89.
To order, or for more information, visit the firm’s website.