Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21, so the Royal Mint has issued a range of coins to mark the occasion. The program works out to more than one coin for each decade of her life.
In total, 10 different coins are now available from the Royal Mint, in silver, gold, or platinum, in Brilliant Uncirculated or Proof finish, depending on the issue.
All of the coins were approved by Queen Elizabeth II herself, and feature a reverse design by acclaimed artist and sculptor Christopher Hobbs. Hobbs’ design portrays a classical celebratory garland of individually designed roses in recognition of the queen’s fondness for flowers and nature.
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Residents of the United Kingdom who celebrate their 90th birthday on April 21 this year are eligible to win their own Queen’s 90th Birthday commemorative coin, in a program operated through the Royal Mint’s Facebook page.
According to a press release from the Royal Mint, Hobbs’ design was inspired by the heraldic rose and the queen’s love of flowers.
“The central ‘EIIR’ is surrounded by a classical wreath of celebration. I have tried to make the roses more natural than heraldic, each one different from the other. The oval form gave more space to the central lettering but was also, I felt, more interesting than a plain circle,” he said.
The Jody Clark effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse of all of the new coins.
Five of the coins are denominated £5, each of which measures 38.61 millimeters in diameter.
A Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel version, featuring unlimited mintage, is the most affordable option, retailing for £13.
All four precious metal (silver, gold, platinum) versions of the £5 coin feature edge lettering reading FULL OF HONOUR AND YEARS.
Two .925 fine silver £5 coins are available, in Proof or Proof piedfort versions.