Royal Mint unveils largest gold coin for Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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Photo credit: The Royal Mint

In May 2022, The Royal Mint unveiled its largest ever Platinum Jubilee gold coin to mark the late Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years on the throne.

Weighing 15kg and with a diameter of 220mm (8.6in), the coin took nearly 400 hours to make and has a face value of £15,000. It was designed by coinage artist John Bergdahl, with designs on both sides approved by the Queen herself.

One side depicts the Queen on horseback, while the other features a crowned EIIR cypher — the royal monogram of Her Majesty The Queen, which includes roses, thistles, daffodils and shamrocks.

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"This special edition coin made of 15kg of fine gold is the masterpiece in the Platinum Jubilee collection, combining the finest craftsmanship and innovation rooted in our heritage as the original maker of coins for the monarchs and in celebration of Her Royal Majesty's momentous 70 years on the throne," Clare Maclennan, from the Royal Mint, says.

"The one-off piece, commissioned by a private collector, represents our growth as the home of precious metals in the UK, making metals precious to our customers across all our collections."

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Photo credit: The Royal Mint

As well as the giant coin, over one million of the 50p Jubilee coins went into circulation around the UK.

The official Platinum Jubilee collection includes the new 50p and traditional £5 crown, featuring a unique commemorative engraving on both sides of the coin. Designed by esteemed artists and made with original craftsmanship, the coins represent Her late Majesty's fondness of nature, reminiscent of the equestrian designs for the 1953 Coronation and 2002 Jubilee crown pieces.

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As part of the celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, The Royal Mint also gifted 7,000 coins to children who completed the special Jubilee edition of The Queen's Green Canopy RFS Junior Forester Award — an initiative which aims to inspire the next generation to learn about the benefit of trees.

"The Queen's legacy on coins stretches the length of her momentous reign, with The Royal Mint striking five definitive portraits of Her Majesty on official UK coin and celebrating previous Jubilees," Chris Barker, Royal Mint Museum Historian, says.

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Photo credit: The Royal Mint

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"The 1977 Silver Jubilee crown was the first major UK commemorative coin produced at The Royal Mint's Llantrisant home, after the minting in London ceased in 1975. Roughly thirty-seven million coins were produced at that time, and thousands were gifted to children across the UK as a memento of the occasion. Today's launch marks another significant milestone, and The Royal Mint plays a proud part in the nationwide celebrations."

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