• 1 Crown 1978, KM# 43, Isle of Man, Elizabeth II, 25th Anniversary of the Accession of Elizabeth II to the Throne, Coronation
  • 1 Crown 1978, KM# 43, Isle of Man, Elizabeth II, 25th Anniversary of the Accession of Elizabeth II to the Throne, Coronation
Description

The Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II marked the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. It was celebrated with large-scale parties and parades throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon took place on 2 June 1953. Elizabeth ascended the throne at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. The coronation was delayed for more than a year because of the tradition that holding such a festival is inappropriate during the period of mourning that follows the death of a monarch. In the ceremony itself, at Westminster Abbey, Elizabeth swore an oath to uphold the law and govern the Church of England. It was the first coronation to be televised in the United Kingdom.

Obverse

2nd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right. Lettering around outside, date below.

Mint mark: PM (Pobjoy Mint).

Engraver: Arnold Machin.

ISLE OF MAN ELIZABETH II
PM

Reverse

Two falcons tethered to a perch; map of island behind.

The Lord of the Isle of Man was required to present two falcons to the new monarch on the occasion of their coronation, this may be the source of this design.

A falcon is any one of 37 species of raptors in the genus Falco, widely distributed on all continents of the world except Antarctica. Adult falcons have thin, tapered wings, which enable them to fly at high speed and to change direction rapidly. All these birds kill with their beaks, using a "tooth" on the side of their beaks — unlike the hawks, eagles, which use their feet. Peregrine falcons have been recorded diving at speeds of 200 miles per hour (320 km/h), making them the fastest-moving creatures on Earth. As is the case with many birds of prey, falcons have exceptional powers of vision; the visual acuity of one species has been measured at 2.6 times that of a normal human.

1953 • 25 th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CORONATION • 1978
• ONE CROWN •

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 28.28 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness 3.17 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Pobjoy Mint (PM)

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