The Longest Reigning Monarchs Milestone Jubilees-1897 & 2022 Silver Set
With this year’s celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee – the first such jubilee in British history – also came the celebration of our second-longest reigning monarch’s Diamond Jubilee. That celebration was in the year 1897 for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, or 60th anniversary of reign. This set brings together the official British silver medal for Queen Victoria’s jubilee with the official British silver 50p coin for Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee:
Queen Victoria • 1897 • Diamond Jubilee – there were no commemorative coins produced for this jubilee, but the Royal Mint did produce a commemorative medal. In this set we have the silver medal at 26mm diameter. It featured the Veiled Portrait on one side, and William Wyon’s acclaimed Young Portrait on the other. These medals were similar in size to the florin (which was 28mm diameter) and so often circulated as coinage which means they can be scarce to find today. This is in selected condition, Grade 7.
Queen Elizabeth II • 2022 • Platinum Jubilee – Britain has produced a special 50p coin, the first 50p coin ever to commemorate a royal event. It features a large number ’70’ with the royal cypher inside the zero. On the obverse is not the usual side profile, but a portrait of her on horseback – the so-called Equestrian Portrait – which is a tradition observed for some of the commemorative coins for her previous jubilees, and to the original silver crown coin of King Edward VI in 1551. This is the solid sterling silver version of this coin, in Proof quality. Mintage is only 7,605 coins.
These two silver commemoratives, one from 1897 and the other from 2022, come together to celebrate our two longest reigning monarchs – Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II – in a celebration of their Diamond and Platinum Jubilee years respectively