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  • 1 Penny 1953-1963, KM# 37, Jamaica, Elizabeth II
  • 1 Penny 1953-1963, KM# 37, Jamaica, Elizabeth II

First crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the stylized heraldic Tudor Crown.

The Tudor Crown, also known as the King's Crown or Imperial Crown, is a widely used symbol in heraldry of the United Kingdom. While various crown symbols had been used for this purpose for many years previously, the specific Tudor Crown design was standardised at the request of Edward VII. It was never intended to represent any actual physical crown, although in shape it bears a close resemblance to the small diamond crown of Queen Victoria.

Upon the accession of Elizabeth II, she requested the design to be replaced with a representation of the St Edward's Crown (with depressed arches) which she wore at her coronation. Many, though not all, of the derived designs around the world were updated to match.

This portrait appeared on the obverse of the coins of Britain's colonies and dependencies (including Jersey), while only Britain and the Dominions (Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa) were allowed to use the uncrowned effigy.

Engraver: Cecil Thomas



Jamaican coat of arms divides date, the name of the country and value around.

Jamaican coat of arms shows a shield which bears a red cross with five golden pineapples. A Jamaican crocodile above.

The motto INDUS UNTERQUE SERVIET VNI is the Latin translation for "The two Indians will serve as one", or rather "Both Indies will serve Together", in reference to the collective servitude of the Taino and Arawak Indians to the colonizers.

Engraver: Percy Metcalfe

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1 Penny

1st portrait
KM# 37
Material Nickel Brass
Weight 7.48 g
Diameter 27.04 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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