The British Royal Mint surprised everyone when it announced the marvelous £5 Diamond Wedding 2007 Silver Proof Coin to celebrate the Queen?s diamond wedding.
According to a statement issued by the British Royal Mint, "On 20 November 1947 Princess Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey, bringing much needed cheer to post-war Britain. Now, sixty years later, the Royal Mint has struck an official commemorative crown to celebrate the Diamond Wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip."
More About the Coin
The coin is of huge importance as it?s the only official coin released in the 21st century. Moreover, it?s among the five British coins that bear a double portrait. Due to this, it?s among the most celebrated British coins out there.
Two special designs were created for the coin:
- The obverse with a royal couple?s conjoint portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley, FRBS, a well known British sculptor
- The reverse with a splendid design by Emma Noble, a Royal Mint engraver, who took inspiration from Abbey?s north rose window
The coin has ?MY STRENGTH AND STAY? engraved on the edge. The queen made this statement while paying tribute to her husband on the occasion of their Golden Wedding anniversary.
A Little About the Numbers
Only 35,000 of these silver coins were released in 2007.
Struck in .925 sterling silver, the coins were heavily in demand when they came out.
The coin originally cost about $77 (£39.50) and came in a display case with an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.
Collectors can get their hands on this coin through third-party sellers. It celebrated a once in a lifetime occasion and can be a great pick for collectors.