Obverse. Photo © Royal Mint
  • 50 Pence 2022, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, 70th Anniversary of the Accession of Elizabeth II to the Throne, Platinum Jubilee
  • 50 Pence 2022, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, 70th Anniversary of the Accession of Elizabeth II to the Throne, Platinum Jubilee
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.

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, Diamond and Platinum Jubilees in 1977, 2002, 2012 and 2022, respectively.

As Her Majesty The Queen becomes the first British monarch to reach a Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Mint is celebrating this latest milestone in Her Majesty’s record-breaking reign with a wide range of commemorative coins.

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 jewellery 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·50 PENCE·2022
J.C

Reverse

Depicts the number 70, the Royal cypher “EIIR”, and the years that span her reign thus far.

Engraver: Company Osborne Ross Partners (AR for Andrew Ross and DO for Deborah Osborne)

70
EIIR
1952-2022
AR DO

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 16 g
Diameter 27.3 mm
Thickness -
Shape polygon
Sides 7
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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