Queen sets a record! Commonwealth celebrates! Mints want you to buy the coins!

Australia, Britain and Canada issue gold and silver coins, sold individually and in sets
By , Coin World
Published : 09/11/15
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Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom have teamed to issue two collections of gold and silver coins commemorating the record reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Elizabeth became the longest-reigning British monarch Sept. 9, when her rule of 63 years and 216 days surpassed that of her great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

The sets are called the 2015 Silver Royal Collection and the 2015 Gold Royal Collection. Each set contains a silver or gold coin from each of the three participating nations. Coins are being offered individually and in two three-coin sets.

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While the sets have a common theme, each nation’s two coins features distinctive designs: a portrait of the queen on the obverse (each by a different designer) and a commemorative design on the reverse (also by a different designer). 

The sets became available on Sept. 9.

Great Britain’s coins

“To mark this significant moment in Her Majesty’s reign, highly esteemed artist James Butler ... designer of The Queen’s Great Seal of the Realm, has created both the reverse and obverse of this commemorative £5 coin,” according to information provided by the Royal Mint. 

The British coin’s reverse bears what the Royal Mint calls “the familiar symbol of royalty,” the Coronation Crown; the obverse, “very unusually,” according to the Royal Mint, has a commemorative effigy of Elizabeth II. 

Both metallic versions of the coin measure 38.61 millimeters in diameter, with the .9167 fine gold coin weighing 39.94 grams and the .925 fine silver coin weighing 28.28 grams.

The gold coin has a maximum mintage of 1,500 pieces; the silver coin, 15,000 pieces.

Both coins feature a standard Proof finish.

Both the gold and silver versions of the 2015 coin bear the same denomination.

Australia’s coins

Bronwyn King designed the Australian coins’ shared reverse. “A profound moment during Her Majesty’s coronation on 2 June 1953 occurred when the anointing oil was symbolically applied by the ancient Coronation Spoon, transforming Princess Elizabeth into a queen,” according to the Royal Australian Mint.

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