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  • 5 Shillings 1953, KM# 894, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, Coronation of Elizabeth II
  • 5 Shillings 1953, KM# 894, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, Coronation of Elizabeth II

The British crown, the successor to the English crown and the Scottish dollar, came into being with the Union of the kingdoms of England and Scotland in 1707. As with the English coin, its value was five shillings.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which took place on the 2nd June 1953, sixteen months after her accession to the British throne. For the first time in history, the solemn event was televised to millions of homes around the world and ushering in the age of modern communications which the Queen’s reign has been a part of since that day. The Queen’s new coins which included her portrait also made their debut in the same year with a five shilling crown depicting the new monarch on horseback which was also struck for the occasion.

Following the untimely death of King George VI after a reign of only just over 15 years, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, Princess of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, heiress presumptive and eldest daughter of the late King, became Queen at the age of 25. Queen Elizabeth II also became head of the Commonwealth as well as head of state for more than a dozen other countries and territories.


HM Queen Elizabeth II on horseback of her horse Winston, dressed in her uniform as Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards and as worn by Her Majesty during the ceremony of Trooping the Colour, advancing to left dividing two crowned Royal cyphers EIIR; artist's initials GL by rear hoof.

The equestrian obverse was adapted from the Great Seal of the Realm. The Great Seal of the Realm or Great Seal of the United Kingdom (known prior to the Treaty of Union of 1707 as the Great Seal of England; and from then until the Union of 1801 as the Great Seal of Great Britain and Ireland) is a seal that is used to symbolise the Sovereign's approval of important state documents.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA BRITANNIARUM OMNIUM REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX meant Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of all the Britains Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: Gilbert Ledward



Four flat topped shields forming a diagonal cross around a crown, the shields bear the arms of England (top left and bottom right), Scotland (top right) and Ireland (bottom left); between shields, a rose, shamrock, leek and thistle; the leek divides the date 1953.

Engravers: Edgar Fuller, Cecil Thomas

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Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 28.28 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Royal Mint

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