Coins to mark Queen’s 70th an­niver­sary

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

A set of dou­ble-headed plat­inum coins have been cre­ated to mark the Queen’s 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary.

The Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh ap­pear on the coins, spe­cially struck as they be­come the first Bri­tish royal cou­ple to cel­e­brate a plat­inum wed­ding an­niver­sary.

They mar­ried at West­min­ster Abbey in front of 2,000 guests on Novem­ber 20 1947.

The ser­vice was broad­cast live to 200 mil­lion ra­dio lis­ten­ers and was a wel­come cel­e­bra­tion as Bri­tain faced post-war aus­ter­ity.

The Royal Mint said they ap­pear in a dou­ble pro­file por­trait on one side of the coin, while the re­verse has them on horse­back and is edged with the words “wed­ded love has joined them in hap­pi­ness 1947-2017”.

A spokesman said: “They have built an en­dur­ing part­ner­ship that is an in­spi­ra­tion to us all, as Bri­tain cel­e­brates this unique per­sonal mo­ment in royal his­tory.”

The com­bined por­trait was de­signed by sculp­tor Eti­enne Mil­ner to rep­re­sent a sense of duty, with Philip sup­port­ing the Queen in his role of royal con­sort.

The horse­back im­age was cre­ated by artist John Bergdahl to re­flect the cou­ple’s pas­sion for all things eques­trian.

The Royal Mint said the col­lec­tion which in­cludes a gold proof, fine sil­ver, sil­ver proof and a bril­liant un­cir­cu­lated coin ranges in price from £5 to £20.

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