This coin honors the Royal Couple's astonishing life together and features a portrait from the Queen's 80th Birthday.
- Contains .841 oz of fine Silver.
- Comes in the original mint box with a certificate of authenticity.
- Mintage of only 2,000 coins.
- Features an exclusive double effigy obverse.
- Obverse: Displays a duel effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip, which is exclusive to Pobjoy Mint.
- Reverse: Features HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip and is based on photo taken at St. Paul's Cathedral in celebration of the Queen's 80th Birthday.
- Minted on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory by Pobjoy Mint.
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Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip have had an astonishing life together and have dedicated their lives to the duty of monarchy. The couple first met at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in 1939 when the Queen was just 13- years-old, and began exchanging letters before eventually becoming formally engaged in 1947, following the Queen’s 21st birthday. The royal pair married later in the same year and in November this year will celebrate their Platinum Wedding anniversary. The monarch was crowned just five years after their wedding following the death of her father King George VI, who died aged only 56, and although the transition changed their lives forever the couple have always approached their royal duties with a sense of humor and affection for each other that, over the decades, is testament to their enduring love.
The Image on the reverse of this coin is a depiction of particularly lovely photo taken as HM Queen Elizabeth II & HRH Prince Philip arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Queen’s 80th Birthday thanksgiving on June 15th 2006. The photo was taken at the Queen’s official Birthday which is celebrated in summer so that the weather is suitable for the outdoor ceremonies. The Queen’s actual Birthday is on the 21st of April but the typical British weather makes this an often cold and rainy time of the year!
The idea that countries, big or small, can and should have their own coinage is what pushed the Pobjoy Mint forward. Pobjoy approached the Isle of Man government to begin a program of collector coins with corresponding values and specifications as British coins. In 1972, the Pobjoy Mint created the first practical set of coins for the Isle of Man including a 1/2 penny and up to 50 pence coins. These coins included historical and cultural elements, such as the Isle of Man’s distinctive three-legged “Triskele” insignia.
Since then, the Pobjoy Mint has issued an array of innovative and artistic coins sought after by some of the choosiest collectors. One particular contribution to numismatics and coin production was the development of the world’s first satisfactory man-made Precious Metal, called Virenium, which has been used in high denomination coinage since 1978. This was hailed worldwide as the first significant breakthrough in coinage from the last century.
The Pobjoy Mint provides circulation and collector coinage for 12 countries and territories, and that number is ever increasing. Pobjoy Mint has been consistently recognized within the numismatic industry for their innovations, including 45 “firsts” such as the first Silver one kilo coin, the first coin in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, the first titanium coin and the world’s highest relief coin. The Pobjoy Mint has demonstrated their ability to push the limits of the coin industry to surprising achievements and new heights.