On September 9th 2015, the nation will celebrate the moment when Her Majesty The Queen becomes the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Elizabeth II will have ruled for more than 63 years and 216 days. The anniversary surpasses the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria more than a century ago.
To mark this ‘once in a lifetime’ occasion, The Royal Mint has unveiled a £20 for £20 silver face-value coin, as part of range of commemorative coins, reflecting The Queen’s journey from her coronation, through decades of social change, to the position she holds today - as a worldwide-respected stateswoman.
Elizabeth II will have ruled for more than 63 years and 216 days
The £20 fine silver face value coin was designed by Stephen Taylor who is a member of The Royal Mint’s creative design team, and is his first design to appear on a United Kingdom coin.
Five portraits on one coin
Stephen’s design includes the five different portraits of The Queen which have appeared on United Kingdom circulating coins and said: “I wanted my design to convey how Queen Elizabeth II has matured on the face of a coin, just like Queen Victoria did. Combining the five portraits was a challenge, as they are all quite different in their composition: how they’re couped, their size, the crown worn and so on."
Stephen Taylor’s Longest Reigning Monarch design has been selected to feature on the reverse of the £20 fine silver face value coin, whilst the fifth effigy portrait of The Queen launched earlier this year by Royal Mint Engraver Jody Clark can be seen on the obverse.
An historic event
Shane Bissett, The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin and Medals said, “This historic event is not only a memorable one for the nation, but a significant one for The Royal Mint, maker of coins to the kings and queens of Britain for over 1,000 years. Never before have all coins in circulation carried the portrait of the same monarch, and for many, The Queen will be the only British monarch we have known.
“Except for unofficial souvenirs struck for Queen Victoria in 1897, there has never been an official coin produced to mark a monarch becoming the longest-reigning king or queen in this country, which makes The Royal Mint’s Longest Reigning Monarch Collection even more distinctive.”
A total of 150,000 coins will be minted and you can find out more here.