The Pobjoy Mint has issued a special “two-headed coin” to mark the
Sapphire Jubilee of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II, as of
Feb. 6, is the first British monarch to celebrate 65 years on the throne.
The silver $10 coin depicts the exclusive Pobjoy-designed queen’s
effigy facing right on the obverse and left on the reverse. To make
this coin special the obverse is struck in relief and the reverse is
incuse, adding new levels of complexity to the striking process. To
emphasize the incuse design, the reverse of the coin has a Reverse
Proof finish, meaning frosted and mirrored surfaces are switched from
what they are in the obverse’s traditional Cameo Proof finish.
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Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne at the age of 25 upon the
death of her father, King George VI, on Feb. 6, 1952. The coronation
took place more than a year later, in harmony with the tradition that
holding such a festival is inappropriate during the period of mourning
following the death of a monarch.
Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in 2015, her
reign outlasting that of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
Queen Elizabeth II is now the world’s longest-reigning living monarch.
The 1-ounce .999 fine silver $10 coin measures 38.6 millimeters in
diameter. It has a mintage limit of 1,952 pieces and an issue price of $65.
To order, visit the Pobjoy Mint website.