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
  • 50 Pence 2022, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, 70th Anniversary of the Accession of Elizabeth II to the Throne, Platinum Jubilee, Box with a certificate of authenticity
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

Depicts 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, surrounded by the inscriptions and the Order of the Garter. The motto HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE appears on a circular belt. Date below.

The equine theme featured pays tribute to the remarkable 70 years the Queen has served the nation and Commonwealth, as well as her love for horses, and her participation in one particular annual event in which she appeared on horseback for many years. The Queen has, since her accession in 1952 and until 1987, taken the salute of Trooping of the Colour, the official birthday of the sovereign, which she did on horseback. As a keen horsewoman, Queen Elizabeth II could be seen riding Burmese (1962–1990), a black RCMP police service horse. She was given to Queen Elizabeth II by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1969 and took part in Trooping the Colour that same year and for 18 consecutive years until 1986.

The Order of the Garter (formally the Most Noble Order of the Garter) is an order of chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348 and regarded as the most prestigious British order of chivalry in England and the United Kingdom. The star, which is worn pinned to the left breast, was introduced in the 17th century by King Charles I and is a colourfully enamelled depiction of the heraldic shield of St. George's Cross, encircled by the Garter, which is itself encircled by an eight-point silver badge. Each point is depicted as a cluster of rays, with the four points of the cardinal directions longer than the intermediate ones.

Honi soit qui mal y pense is a French maxim used as the motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter. It is translated as "May he be shamed who thinks badly of it".

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

Engraver: John Bergdahl

· ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·50 PENCE ·
JB
· HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE ·
20 22

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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