2015 50c Uncirculated Coin - Longest Reigning Commonwealth Monarch
This coin celebrates Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s historic milestone as she becomes the Commonwealth’s longestreigning monarch. As a symbolic tribute to her years of service and the firm bond Australia shares with the United Kingdom, this commemorative, uncirculated coin will be a treasured keepsake for coin collectors, and Royal enthusiasts.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
On 2 June 1953, in a ceremony befitting such a significant occasion, nations around the world joined the United Kingdom in celebrating the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Steeped in tradition, the ceremony’s most profound moment occurred when the ancient Coronation Spoon was symbolically used to apply the anointing oil to Princess Elizabeth, transforming her into a Queen.
This oil was an authentic brew, combining some of the most fragrant natural substances; orange, rose, cinnamon, musk and ambergris. It was bottled within an ampulla, a spectacular flask shaped like an eagle and wrought with solid gold.
After 63 years from the sacred ritual being performed, Her Majesty remains a beloved figure. In an ever-changing world, she is the personification of tradition, stability and grace. On 9 September 2015, Australia will be joining its fellow Commonwealth nations to mark her outstanding achievement of being the longest-reigning monarch in Commonwealth history.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
• A celebration of Her Majesty’s milestone as the Commonwealth’s longest-reigning monarch and a symbolic testimony to the enduring bond
between Australia and the United Kingdom
• Coin’s reverse features Her Majesty’s royal insignia, the Coronation Spoon and an enchanting border consisting of some of the
coronation oil’s ingredients alongside Australia’s golden wattle
• Coin’s obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank Broadley
• Uncirculated coin in a presentation card
• Australian legal tender
The passing of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act empowered the Government to make laws with respect to currency, coinage and legal tender. The Coinage Act 1909 put in place the first steps for an Australian coinage. Thus began the journey towards a mint owned by the Commonwealth and ind...Find Out More