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Special royal commemoratives celebrate the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh

Special royal commemoratives celebrate the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh

On 20 November 2017, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh became the first British royal couple to celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary. To commemorate this special and historic occasion we have released four collector coins – a 1oz silver proof, a 2oz gold proof, a 1/4oz gold proof and a 2oz platinum coin.

The Queen and Prince Philip first met when she was a girl of 13 at a family wedding in 1934. They met again in 1937, and again in 1939 after which they began exchanging letters.

Philip eventually proposed in 1946 at Balmoral when Elizabeth was 20 years of age and she accepted without consulting her parents, the King and Queen. Her father asked that they delay the formal announcement of the engagement until after her 21st birthday the following April.

The official engagement announcement was finally made on 9 July 1947, and was followed by a garden party the next day at Buckingham Palace to introduce the happy couple.

The Queen, then known as Princess Elizabeth, married the Duke of Edinburgh, known then as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, at Westminster Abbey in London at 11.30am on 20 November 1947. The wedding was attended by 2,000 guests and broadcast to 200 million radio listeners around the world.

The wedding reception was a breakfast held at Buckingham Palace in the Ball Supper Room. The couple received more than 2,500 wedding presents from around the world and approximately 10,000 telegrams of congratulations.

The royal nuptials added a welcome touch of glamour in post-World War II Britain when millions of people were still living in bomb-damaged cities and coping with food rations and coupons. The royal wedding was the first major event in Britain since the end of the war. However, the young Princess Elizabeth – mindful of the sacrifices being made by the people – used ration coupons to purchase the material for her wedding dress which was designed by the Court Designer, Sir Norman Hartnell.

Celebrate with silver, gold and platinum Australian commemorative coins

The reverse of each coin depicts the shield from the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom alongside the shield from the Coat of Arms of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The design also includes flowers from the floral emblems of Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England, as well as St Edward’s Crown, the inscription 70TH ANNIVERSARY ROYAL WEDDING, the year-dates 1947-2017, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

The obverse of each coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year-date and monetary denomination. These coins are issued as Australian legal tender with maximum mintages of only 5,000 of the 1oz silver, 350 of the 2oz gold, 750 of the 1/4oz gold and 250 of the 2oz platinum.

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The Under-Appreciate Platinum Eagle Proofs

Over a week ago, the U.S. Mint announced that they will begin a three-year series of the American Platinum Eagles proof coins featuring designs inspired by the Declaration of Independence. After looking at the designs and the designs of past platinum proof coins, they may be one of the most under-appreciated series of coins produced […]

The Queen’s big milestone that’s 25,568 days in the making

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, celebrate 70 years of marriage on 20 November 2017. Or, to put it another way, 25,568 days. Or 613,632 hours. Or 36,817,920 minutes. The Queen and Prince Philip could have watched 409,000 football matches in the time they have been married. Or 708,000 episodes […]

Lavish coins celebrate platinum anniversary of Queen’s ‘austerity’ wedding

Lavish coins celebrate platinum anniversary of Queen’s ‘austerity’ wedding

A royal wedding is cause for much rejoicing. When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, a million people lined the procession route in London to glimpse the newlyweds while many more around the world watched on television.

Arguably, the marriage of the Prince’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, was one of the most welcome and celebrated royal weddings in history.

In 1947, the nation was still recovering from World War II. Austerity was tough for the people of Britain’s bomb-damaged cities. Drab clothes, endless queues and limited food supplies dominated everyday life.

In this atmosphere, the marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten provided blissful relief from years of worry and deprivation. Cheerful crowds gathered in London on the cold morning of 20 November, their unbridled joy erupting in a thunder of cheers as the bride’s coach headed towards Westminster Abbey.

After the ceremony, the throng’s good natured enthusiasm reached fever pitch, at one point causing the police to temporarily lose control as the crowd burst through the cordon into Buckingham Palace forecourt.

Throughout the Commonwealth, millions of adoring supporters also celebrated the glamorous couple’s nuptials thanks to live radio broadcasts and the new medium of television.

Despite the pageantry, the royal couple were very aware of their people’s hardships. Here are seven interesting examples of how Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh showed solidarity with the people on their big day.

Seven remarkable facts about the Queen’s wedding

  • Princess Elizabeth paid for material in her wedding dress with the aid of ration coupons.
  • The future Queen did her own makeup for the wedding.
  • When her borrowed diamond tiara broke on the morning of the wedding, repairs were quickly made by the court jeweller.
  • Philip is said to have brushed off his naval uniform for the occasion and worn darned socks.
  • The guest list for the wedding breakfast comprised a mere 150 people.
  • Pieces of the couple’s wedding cake, made from ingredients donated by the Australian Girl Guides, were distributed to school children and institutions.
  • The bride and groom also instructed that 500 cases of tinned pineapples received as a wedding present from the Government of Queensland should be directed to the people.

Juicy pineapple from the Sunshine State must have been an unimaginable luxury for the hungry folk lucky enough to taste it!

70th Anniversary of the Royal Wedding
2017 Silver, Gold and Platinum Proof Coins

After 70 years of marriage, The Perth Mint is proud to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s platinum wedding anniversary with four unashamedly lavish Australian commemorative coins featuring designs approved by the Queen.

Immaculately struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold and 2oz of 99.95% pure platinum, each coin portrays the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom alongside the shield from the Coat of Arms of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

As well as St Edward’s Crown, the intricate design also includes a floral display representing the symbolic rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

Housed in presentation packaging, the releases are restricted to limited mintages of 5,000, 350, 750, and 250 respectively.

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What’s New? Perth Mint collector coin releases for September 2017

What’s New? Perth Mint collector coin releases for September 2017

September is a bonanza for collectors of stunning commemorative issues from The Perth Mint.

Canine lovers will be exultant that the Year of the Dog is approaching and will want to get in quick to secure stunning proof issues from the 2018 Australian Lunar series. Depicting two of the world’s favourite breeds – the labrador retriever and German shepherd – these meticulously struck gold and silver coins look certain to be lapped up!

HM Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life reaches another major milestone later this year. On 20 November she and the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. As a tribute to this magnificent achievement, we’re honoured to have been granted royal permission to issue four special commemoratives. Crafted from three noble metals – gold, silver and platinum – the coins are presented by The Perth Mint with genuine warmth and affection for Her Majesty and Prince Philip.

If you are already longing for the cheerfulness of the festive season, look no further than this year’s Christmas silver coin. With an image radiating the joyous promise of yuletide celebration, the star shaped release portrays the beckoning warmth of a log cabin in snow. A gorgeous gift and a delightful tree decoration, it beams with season’s greetings!

Our minters’ supreme skills in the art of high relief strikes is again exemplified in the new Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 5oz gold proof coin and Australian Kangaroo 5oz silver proof coin. These miniature works of iconic art are as rare as they are special – just 75 and 1,000 apiece will be struck.

For more information about each of this month’s new coins, including a stunning Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™ coloured collectable, click the digital bulletin above or visit Recent Releases on The Perth Mint website.

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Why platinum coins are the pinnacle for so many collectors…

…and why they’re so scarce Whilst Gold is the most popular of the precious metals, Platinum is much, much rarer, making it the preferred choice for coin collectors looking for something that very few people can own. How rare is Platinum? Very. So rare, in fact, that all of the Platinum ever mined could fit […]

It’s a big anniversary for the Britannia and the Royal mint have an epic proof range out now

It’s a big anniversary for the Britannia and the Royal mint have an epic proof range out now One of the most eagerly awaited coins to be released every year, the proof Britannia has been home to some quite sublime designs since it debuted. The gold Britannia […]

$100 off the 2017 American Platinum Eagle!

Save $100 on a popular release while inventory lasts.

Hurry, only 100 coins available!

ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to offer one of the biggest releases of the year from the U.S. Mint at a new, lower price. For a limited time, you can save $100 on the 2017-W Proof Platinum Eagle in its original government packaging.

2017-W 1 oz Platinum American Eagle Proof $100 GEM Proof in its Original Government Packaging

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series, the U.S. Mint brought back the original reverse design from the very first Proof that was released in 1997.

This release is highly coveted by collectors. In fact, the Proof Platinum Eagle was sold out from the Mint in 2015 and 2016 and this year could sell out soon!

Our supplies are limited, and selling quickly. Take advantage of this discounted price and order one of the most coveted releases of the year at savings of $100.

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Pre-order 2017 Proof Platinum Eagles in exclusive labels and high grades!

2017-W Platinum Eagle Proofs have landed

Exclusive labels & impressive designations available!

First introduced in 1997, the Platinum American Eagle series quickly became one of the most revered releases within Numismatics.

This year, this premium series celebrates 20 years of pure patriotism and devout minting craftsmanship.

In a wonderful tribute to the strong beginning of the Platinum Eagle series, the U.S. Mint chose to again feature the original release’s reverse artwork. This is the first time this image has been seen on a Proof Platinum Eagle since the series debuted in 1997!

2017-W 1 oz Platinum American Eagle Proof $100 NGC PF70 UC Early Release Black Core Holder 20th Anniversary Label

As the U.S. Mint continues to expand its creative horizons to meet the demand of new collectors around the world, there has been rumors of the Platinum Eagle’s obverse design also changing in future releases. This could be the last year that former Chief Engraver, John Mercanti’s close-up image of Lady Liberty is featured!

The Proof Platinum Eagle has been a release that has captured the interest of thousands of collectors for the past 20 years.

2017-W 1 oz Platinum American Eagle Proof $100 NGC PF70 UC First Release 20th Anniversary Label

As your source for hundreds of releases with exclusive labels and impressive designations, ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to offer a large assortment of 2017-W Platinum Eagle Proof coins for your collection.

With a limited mintage of just 10,000 coins, act now to secure your selection of 2017-W Platinum Eagle Proofs before it’s too late.

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For the first time in history: the Royal Mint releases a 10 oz. proof silver coin!