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Canada 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary 50 Cents Silver-Plated Copper Specimen with Royal Cypher Monogram Color Half Dollar

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The full color royal cypher of Queen Elizabeth II marks her Diamond Jubilee on this simply stunning, oversized (42 mm!) silver-plated copper half dollar!

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Sold out at the Mint!This handsome half dollar is part of the Royal Diamond Jubilee Precious Metals Coin Program, issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne! Employing its proprietary colorization technology, the Royal Canadian Mint has produced this unprecedented commemorative, minted in solid copper and plated with pure silver, on a huge, 42 mm diameter planchet. Elizabeth's official royal cypher or monogram is meticulously and intricately rendered in full color, surmounted by a crown and flanked by a garland of maple leaves and the number 60. The dual dates marking the sixty years of her reign, 1952 - 2012, are indicated. Please see the article at the end of this presentation for more information and images of the Crown Jewels, such as Elizabeth wears in the younger portrait.

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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, in her official coronation photographic portrait by renowned artist Dorothy Wilding.Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
In 2012 we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne, her Diamond Jubilee. Princess Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 and was just ten years old when she unexpectedly became heir presumptive to the throne. Almost immediately, she began to prepare for her future role and her official duties grew steadily throughout her teens. When the King's health began to deteriorate in 1951, the young princess readily assumed many of her father, King George VI's, responsibilities.

With her father's passing in 1952, Princess Elizabeth went in to mourning and then acceded to the throne at the relatively young age of twenty-six in 1953. By this time she was a seasoned public figure, her years of service a strong indicator of what the Commonwealth could expect of its new queen. Today about 128 million people live in the 16 countries of which she is head of state.

Indeed, on her Diamond Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II is arguably the world's most popular and best-known monarch. She is currently the fourth-longest-serving head of state in the world, and the fifth-longest-serving British or English monarch. Her reign of over half a century has seen eleven different Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom. For sixty years, she has served the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as the British Commonwealth, which includes Canada and more than forty other countries.

This is an official Royal Diamond Jubilee commemorative coin, officially approved by Buckingham Palace (Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II). It is part of the Royal Diamond Jubilee Precious Metals Coin Program, issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. Canada is the largest nation in the British Commonwealth. The initial coins released in this program are:

Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Imperial State Crown and holding the Sceptre with the Cross and the Orb     Elizabeth II Royal Cypher $20 Silver Proof
    Elizabeth II & Prince Philip $20 Silver Proof
    Elizabeth II $20 Silver Proof with Cullinan Diamond Swarovski Crystal
    Diamond Jubilee Complete 3-Coin Silver Proof Set Collection
    Elizabeth II Royal Cypher $5 1/10 Ounce Gold Proof
    Elizabeth II $300 Gold Proof with Genuine Canadian Diamond

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Other Coins celebrating the Royal Family are also available!

    Royal Wedding William & Kate Coins - click here!

    Continuity of the Crown Program - click here!

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    Centenary of Commonwealth Coinage Program - click here!

    Ultra-High Relief Vignettes of Royalty series - click here!

Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Cypher
A royal cypher is a monarch’s unique identifier, much like a coat of arms. Cyphers have been used by British royals since the time of King Henry VIII. They generally feature the monarch’s initial and titles, often beneath a symbol of rule, such as a crown. Unlike monograms that interweave letters, royal cyphers display each letter distinctly.

Queen Elizabeth II’s monogram, E II R, features her initials, E II (Elizabeth II), and her title initial, R (Regina, Latin for Queen), below an image of the St. Edward’s Crown, which has been used for British coronations since the restoration of the monarchy and coronation of King Charles II in 1661. Please see the article at the end of this presentation for more information and images of the St. Edward's Crown and the other Crown Jewels, such as Elizabeth wears in the younger portrait.

The Royal Cypher is imprinted in the insignia of orders, decorations, medals, and on badges. In Canada (a constitutional monarchy that recognizes Her Majesty as its head of state), it is common for this cypher to be surrounded by a wreath or garland of maple leaves, symbolizing the unique union of the Queen’s power and the sovereignty of the Canadian people.

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Technology Note
The RCM leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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QEII Diamond Jubilee Front of PackageThe Specimen Finish
This coin features the uniquely-Canadian "specimen" finish, a three-fold combination of different finishes. The design (raised area or relief) includes both frosted and mirrored surfaces, while the fields (background) are subtly striated, resulting in a contrasting, matte appearance. No other mint in the world employs the specimen finish.

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Obverse
Queen Elizabeth II's official royal cypher, surmounted by a crown and flanked by a garland of maple leaves and the number 60, all in full color. The dates of the Diamond Jubilee commemoration and denomination are both indicated.

Reverse

A cameo proof portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") and mint mark also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an oversized, bilingual, full-color presentation folder, with a die-cut window on the front to highlight the coin. The folder includes images of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as background information on the Royal Diamond Jubilee.

SpecificationsSculptor Mary Gillick created this image of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 for use on coinage.
Country Canada
Year of Issue      2012
   
Face Value 50 Cents
Weight 32.82 g
Diameter 42 mm
   
Finish Specimen
Composition .Silver-Plated Copper
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Royal Canadian Mint engravers
Certificate Included
 
The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom
The collective term Crown Jewels refers to the regalia and vestments worn by the sovereign of the United Kingdom during the coronation ceremony and at various other state functions. These include the following objects: the crowns, scepters, orbs, swords, rings, spurs, colobium sindonis, dalmatic, armill, and the royal robe or pall, as well as several other objects connected with the ceremony itself.

Scepter with the Cross The oldest set of Crown Jewels, dating from the Anglo-Saxon period, were lost by John of England near the Wash in 1216. A replacement set was made shortly afterwards which was later joined by the addition of Welsh prince Llywelyn's coronet in 1284. This replacement set was stolen from Westminster Abbey in 1303 although most, if not all, were recovered days later from the window of a London jeweler's shop (resulting in dire consequences for the shopkeeper).

Oliver Cromwell melted down most of the original Crown Jewels of his era after the establishment of the Commonwealth in 1649. Upon the Restoration of Charles II, most of the regalia had to be replaced. The only pieces to survive from before the Civil War are three swords and a spoon.

The British Crown Jewels easily constitute the most valuable jewelry collection in existence. The three most impressive pieces are described below; all can be seen in the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II earlier in this presentation.

The Scepter with the Cross was made in 1661, and is so called because it is surmounted by a cross. In 1905, it was redesigned to incorporate the Cullinan I, also known as the Great Star of Africa, which at over 530 carats (106 g) is the largest cut diamond in the world. During the coronation, the monarch bears the Scepter with the Cross in the right hand.

The Sovereign's Orb, a type of globus cruciger, is a hollow golden sphere made in 1661. There is a band of jewels running along the center, and a half-band on the top hemisphere. Surmounting the orb is a jeweled Cross representing the Sovereign's role as Defender of the Faith. For a part of the coronation, it is borne in the Sovereign's left hand.

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Of all the Crown Jewels, the most valuable is the Imperial State Crown, featured on this magnificent coin. The Crown is generally worn at the end of a coronation when the new monarch departs from Westminster Abbey and is not traditionally the actual crown used at the moment of coronation. However it was actually worn during the ceremony by Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, both of whom complained about the weight of the normally-used crown, St. Edward's Crown.

The Imperial State Crown is of a design similar to St. Edward's Crown; it includes a base of four crosses pattee alternating with four fleurs-de-lis, above which are four half-arches surmounted by a cross. Inside is a deep purple velvet cap with an ermine border. The Crown includes an incredible number of precious gems, including 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies!

Among these are several world-famous jewels. The cross atop the Crown is set with a stone known as St. Edward's Sapphire, a sapphire taken from the ring (or possibly coronet) of Edward the Confessor. The Black Prince's Ruby is set on the front cross pattee. Furthermore, the famous Cullinan II Diamond, or Lesser Star of Africa, is set on the front of the Crown.

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The Black Prince's RubyThe Black Prince's Ruby
The Black Prince's Ruby is actually a bead-shaped spinel weighing roughly 170 carats (34 g), that is, the size of a chicken egg! It is one of the oldest of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, with a known history dating back to the middle of the 14th century and having been in the possession of the British kings since it was given in 1367 to its namesake, Edward of Woodstock (the "Black Prince").

What is a spinel? Until fairly modern times, all red gemstones were referred to as "rubies". It was only relatively recently that the rarer spinel has been differentiated from the more common ruby. The two gemstones can be distinguished on the basis of hardness and density - a ruby is slightly harder and denser than a spinel. The two stones can also be told apart by their optical properties: a true ruby is dichroic while a spinel is singly refractive.

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Cullinan DiamondThe Cullinan Diamonds (Stars of Africa)
The original, intact Cullinan Diamond was found by Frederick Wells, surface manager of the Premier Diamond Mining Company in Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa on June 25 1905. It is the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found, at 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g). The stone was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, the owner of the diamond mine.

The stone was bought by the Transvaal government and presented to King Edward VII of Great Britain. However, transport from South Africa to England posed a bit of a problem with regard to security. Well-known detectives from London were placed on a steamer ship that was rumored to carry the stone, but this was a diversionary tactic. The stone on that ship was a fake, meant to attract those who would be interested in stealing it. The actual diamond was in fact sent to England in a plain box via parcel post!

The Cullinan was cut into three large parts by Asscher Brothers of Amsterdam, and eventually into some 11 large gem-quality stones and a number of smaller fragments. The largest polished gem from the stone is named Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa, and at 530.20 carats (106.04 g) was the largest polished diamond in the world until the 1985 discovery of the Golden Jubilee diamond (545.67 cts), also from the Premier mine. Cullinan I is now mounted in the head of the Scepter with the Cross. The second largest gem from the Cullinan stone, Cullinan II or the Lesser Star of Africa, at 317.40 carats (63.48 g), is the third largest polished diamond in the world and is also part of the British crown jewels, as it forms a part of the Imperial State Crown. Both gems are on display at the Tower of London, as parts of the British crown jewels.

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