In 2002, the Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee. She was just twenty-five years old when she acceded to the throne and during her reign, already one of the longest in British history, she has worked tirelessly to fulfil the commitment she made to the country during that first Privy Council meeting. Each year she carries out an exhausting number of engagements and, in addition to her official duties like the State Opening of Parliament and the Trooping the Colour, she journeys regularly to all part of the United Kingdom and undertakes an immense variety of overseas duties. She is dedicated to the Commonwealth and has frequently toured member states, having paid a dozen or more visits to some of the largest countries.
When she celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977 there were huge celebrations and her Golden Jubilee year is undoubtedly a time of great rejoicing throughout the country and the Commonwealth. To celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee, the Royal Mints of Australia, Canada and the United Kingdrom have each issued silver commemorative coins. The coins are brought together in this collection, which has an issue limit of just 3,000 and includes a Fifty Cent coin, a One Dollar coin and a Five Pound Coin.
Australia - this twelve-sided coin is struck in .999 fine silver. The reverse has been designed by Peter Soobik and shows St Edward's Crown, Australia's Federation Star, the demonination and the Royal Cyphers, along with the inscription ELIZABETH ACCESSION and FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY. The obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley's elegant portrait of Her Majesty the Queen.
Canada - the Queen is shown on both sides of this .925 sterling silver coin. The reverse has been designed by engravers at the Royal Canadian Mint and shows two scenes from Coronation day. Based on images obtained from PA Photos Limited and achieved by means of an overlay effect, the young Queen is seen, adorned in her Royal Regalia, travelling to the Coronation Ceremony which the Coronation Coach is shown, flanked by two Yeomen of the Guard. The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, by artist Dora de Pedery-Hunt, with the double dates 1952-2002.
United Kingdom - struck in .925 sterling silver, the coin has been designed by the sculptor and medallist Ian Rank-Broadley. In harmony with the crowns issued for her Coronation and her Silver Jubilee a splendid equestrain portrait features on the obverse, whilst the reverse bears a mature, reflective portrait of the Queen.
The coins are housed in their original plush purple case with certificate of authenticity/information booklet as issued by the Royal Mint.