• 5 Pounds 2021, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, 95th Anniversary of Birth of Elizabeth II
  • 5 Pounds 2021, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, 95th Anniversary of Birth of Elizabeth II
Description

A piedfort is an unusually thick coin, often exactly twice the normal weight and thickness of other coins of the same diameter and pattern. Piedforts are not normally circulated, and are only struck for presentation purposes by mint officials (such as patterns), or for collectors, dignitaries, and other VIPs.

2021 marks the Queens 69th year on the throne, she is Britain's longest-reigning monarch and she was the only British monarch to ever turn 95 whilst still on the throne.

Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) has been Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952. She has reigned through various wars and conflicts involving many of her realms. Times of personal significance have included the births and marriages of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, her coronation in 1953, and the celebration of milestones such as her Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002, and 2012, respectively.

Obverse

The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewelry has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: Jody Clark

ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·5 POUNDS·2021·
JC

Reverse

Depicts the Royal cypher “EIIR”, a crown and a wreath of the English rose, the Welsh leek, the Scottish thistle and the Northern Irish shamrock, representing the four Home Nations. Engraver's initials below.

Surrounded by the dates above and the phrase from the first televised Queen's speech (Christmas broadcast 1957) 'Today things are very different. I cannot lead you into battle, I do not give you laws or administer justice, but I can do something else, I can give you my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.'

St Edward's Crown is one of the oldest Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom and the centrepiece of the coronation regalia. Named after Edward the Confessor, it has traditionally been used to crown English and British monarchs at their coronation ceremonies. The current version was made for the coronation of Charles II in 1661.

Engraver: Timothy Noad

1926 2021
EIIR
TN
MY HEART AND DEVOTION

Edge

FULL OF HONOUR AND YEARS

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 56.56 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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