Proof, high relief, inset: sand collected from Petra encapsulated in coin.
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse Design – specially commissioned for 2012 only
To mark such a historic year for The Queen it is only fitting that the obverse of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Gold Kilo bears a special design. The new obverse portrait, which will only appear in 2012, shows a contemporary effigy of Her Majesty The Queen wearing her Garter Robes. The Queen wears the Garter Robes when she attends the ‘Order of the Garter.’ This is the oldest and most senior British order of Chivalry, which honours those who have held public office, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have served the sovereign personally.
Ian Rank-Broadley took his inspiration from a portrait relief of The Queen which he recently created and is displayed in the Garter Room of the Supreme Court. He describes this portrait as having dignity, gravitas and bearing.
The reverse design, features the Royal Coat of Arms found on the gates of Buckingham Palace, shown in astonishing detail by the master sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
Only once before has Britain witnessed a Diamond Jubilee, when Queen Victoria celebrated 60 years on the throne in 1897. A powerful symbolic link between Victoria and Elizabeth II is these Coat of Arms, which have remained the same since Victoria’s reign. Buckingham Palace has also served as the official London home of the British sovereign since 1837 when Queen Victoria came to the throne.
The front of Buckingham Palace will be the focal point of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. When people from across the UK and the world gather at Buckingham Palace they will be greeted by the Royal Coat of Arms as they look at the gates.
This majestic heraldic image, complete with supporters (lion and unicorn) and crest, perfectly captures the pageantry and heritage of this once in-a-lifetime occasion. The design is also struck to a deeper relief than any other Diamond Jubilee coin which has resulted in a more detailed design than struck before.
A brief annotation
This breathtakingly beautiful coin has been specially commissioned by The Royal Mint to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen and is the ultimate collectable for this momentous event.
It is only fitting that the largest UK coin ever struck to celebrate a Royal event should mark The Queen’s 60-year reign. Both obverse and reverse designs are the work of Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, one of the most distinguished sculptors of the present day. The obverse features a profile portrait of The Queen in Garter Robes commissioned specially for commemorative coins of the Diamond Jubilee year. The spectacular reverse depicts the Royal Coat of Arms as it appears on the gates of Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s London home.
Containing a full kilo of .999 gold, the Diamond Jubilee gold kilo coin has a diameter of 100 millimetres and a deeper relief than any other UK coin struck for the Diamond Jubilee. It is struck to Proof quality and is presented in a case made of sweet chestnut wood from the trees at Great Windsor Park, The Queen’s home. The coin is accompanied by a numbered plaque, beautiful information booklet and numbered Certificate of Authenticity.