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A commemorative coin showing the Queen on horseback has been unveiled by the Royal Mint ahead of Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee.
The coin, made at the mint in Llantrisant, south Wales, is the first collectable UK 50p to celebrate a royal event and was designed by artist John Bergdahl.
In celebration of this landmark event, the official Platinum Jubilee collection, including the new 50p and traditional £5 crown, features a unique commemorative design on both sides of the coin.
Marking 70 years on the throne, the coin depicting the Queen on horseback will be struck on the ‘heads' side of a new 50p and traditional £5 crown.
The Royal Mint said the design is reminiscent of the equestrian designs for the 1953 Coronation and 2002 Jubilee crown pieces and has been personally approved by the Queen.
"I think the 50 p coin with her majesty on horseback is a very effective design. The promotional material says this design is struck on the
heads side which seems strange."
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Platinum Jubilee: Royal Mint unveils commemorative coin of Queen on horseback
Here's more on the coins from a Coin Update article by Michael Alexander.
The Royal Mint has unveiled (6th January) the new commemorative obverse design that will be included on Platinum Jubilee 50-pence coins. 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.
Designed by noted British artist John Bergdahl, his design includes HM Queen Elizabeth II as she was seen on horseback during the Trooping of the Colour. Surrounding this depiction is the collar of The Most Noble Order of the Garter, an order of chivalry founded by King Edward III of England in 1348. The order's emblem is a garter with the motto HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE, which translated from Middle French means
Shame on him who thinks evil of it. The legend around the completed design reads ELIZABETH II D G REG F D FIFTY PENCE.
The reverse side, unveiled last month, is the work of the firm of Osborne Ross and features a sleek reverse design that comprises the number
70, the Queen's cypher, and the years that span her reign thus far.
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United Kingdom: New 50-pence coins unveiled with enduring commemorative obverse design for Queen's Platinum Jubilee
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