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Canada 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation 60th Anniversary Double Portrait with Queen Victoria 25 Cents Crown-Size Quarter Specimen with Color

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Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee portrait is colorfully reproduced on this low mintage and highly affordable crown sized color quarter!

Sold out at the Mint!This stunning coin is part of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation 60th Anniversary Program, issued by several different countries of the Commonwealth, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the British throne! The color scene features a detail of Canadian artist Phil Richards’ 2012 official acrylic on canvas portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. This original work of art depicts Elizabeth standing in front of the longest reigning monarch in British history, Queen Victoria. Please see the article at the end of this presentation for more information and images of the Crown Jewels, such as Elizabeth wears in this portrait. With a total mintage of only 15,000 and an extremely affordable price, we expect this crown sized color quarter, a true celebration of royalty, to sell out quickly!

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Queen Elizabeth II's official Diamond Jubilee Portrait acrylic on canvas painting by Canadian artist and painter Phil RichardsAvailability Note - Royal themes are always popular!With its very low mintage limit of only 15,000 and its very affordable price, a quick sell out at the Mint was expected and has occurred!

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A Majestic, Original Work of Art
Toronto-based artist Phil Richards learned in 2010 that he had been selected by Queen Elizabeth herself from five Canadian artists to paint an official portrait of Her Majesty. Two years and hundreds of hours of intensive work later, Richards accompanied Canada’s Governor General and Prime Minister to England to unveil the portrait in the presence of Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee week.

The final framed acrylic-on-canvas portrait measures 328 by 224 centimeters. The basswood frame is gilded in 23-karat gold leaf. The symbolically rich composition centers on the Queen, elegantly dressed in white, standing at a desk in front of an arched doorway in Ottawa’s Rideau Hall. In her right hand, Her Majesty holds a pair of satin gloves. She wears a diamond tiara and the badges of her Canadian honors, as well as sparkling diamond jewelery. In the background is a portrait-within-a-portrait of Her Majesty’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who signed the British North America Act that became the Canadian Constitution in 1982 during Elizabeth II’s reign. In the portrait, the British North America Act lays against two ink pots from the Victorian era.

The Queen’s left hand, which rests on the desk, points to the Act. In addition to the images of Queen Victoria and the British North America Act, Richards was required by the Government of Canada to include a Canadian flag. He added other symbolic elements as well, such as a vase featuring Her Majesty’s Canadian Diamond Jubilee emblem, a pink Queen Elizabeth rose, and six lights representing each decade of the Queen’s reign. Richards even secretly included two corgis in the carved finial at the top of the chair on Her Majesty’s left side - a secret detail that delighted the Queen when she saw the final piece!

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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
In 2013 we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. 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 into mourning and then acceded to the throne at the relatively young age of twenty-six on June 2, 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.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, in her official coronation photographic portrait by renowned artist Dorothy Wilding. On that rainy day in June, 1953, an estimated three million people lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the Coronation procession, while millions more crowded around newly-purchased television sets to watch the investiture of Britain's youngest sovereign since Queen Victoria. For many, the Coronation represented the beginning of a hopeful new Elizabethan era.

In her glittering Coronation portrait, Elizabeth wears the Imperial State Crown. She holds the Royal regalia incorporating the Sovereign’s scepter-with-cross, representing temporal power, and the Sovereign’s orb, symbolizing the Monarch's role as Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. On her right hand, Her Majesty wears the Coronation ring and on both wrists are golden armills. Please see the article at the end of this presentation for more information and images of the Crown Jewels, such as Elizabeth wears in this portrait.

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 Australia, Canada and more than forty other countries.

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This is an official Coronation 60th Anniversary commemorative coin, officially approved by Buckingham Palace (Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II). It is part of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation 60th Anniversary Program, issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. Australia, which is also in the British Commonwealth, has a similar program.

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Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Imperial State Crown and holding the Sceptre with the Cross and the Orb in her official coronation portrait by Sir Cecil BeatonOther Coins celebrating the Royal Family are also available!

    
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Program - click here!

    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!

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Technology Note - Color
The Royal Canadian Mint 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 look on each coin.

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Obverse
Canada 2013 QEII Coronation Quarter in BoxHer Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in full color, from her famous coronation portrait by Sir Cecil Beaton. The engraved portion depicts the site of her coronation, Westminster Abbey, in frosted cameo relief. The denomination is also indicated.

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Reverse
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") also appears.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Sculptor Mary Gillick created this image of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 for use on coinage.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value 25 Cents
Weight 12.61 g
Diameter 35.00 mm
Mintage Limit      15,000
   
Finish Specimen with Color
Composition Copper Nickel
Edge Plain
   
Certificate Individually Numbered
Artist Phil Richards

 

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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Complete Certificate Text

Tradition and Tranquility: The 2012 State Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On a rainy Tuesday morning in London, England, on June 2, 1953, 26 year-old Queen Elizabeth II began her horse-drawn Coronation procession along the Thames River from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. In 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of her Coronation—one of the most important moments in the life of the British monarch, connecting her to a thousand years of history. Six decades later, this unique moment also granted a Canadian portrait artist the opportunity to realize one of his greatest dreams.

Toronto-based artist Phil Richards learned in 2010 that he had been selected by the Queen herself from five Canadian artists to paint an official portrait of Her Majesty. Two years and hundreds of hours of intensive work later, Richards accompanied Canada’s Governor General and Prime Minister to England to unveil the portrait in the presence of Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee week.

Richards, well known as a portrait painter with rigorous standards followed a labour-intensive process to produce the portrait. This process was made even more complex by the unique challenges of portraying a subject with whom he had very limited access. Richards only met with Her Majesty twice before completing the portrait. The painting process thus included the creation of miniature three-dimensional models of the composition, numerous detailed maquettes, the use of computer-generated imagery, and an architectural model of the setting in Rideau Hall.

The final framed acrylic-on-canvas portrait measures 328 by 224 centimetres. The basswood frame is gilded in 23-karat gold leaf. The symbolically rich composition centres on the Queen, elegantly dressed in white, standing at a desk in front of an arched doorway in Ottawa’s Rideau Hall. In her right hand, Her Majesty holds a pair of satin gloves. She wears a diamond tiara and the badges of her Canadian honours, as well as sparkling diamond jewellery. In the background is a portrait-within-a-portrait of Her Majesty’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who signed the British North America Act that became the Canadian Constitution in 1982 during Elizabeth II’s reign. In the portrait, the British North America Act lays against two ink pots from the Victorian era.

The Queen’s left hand, which rests on the desk, points to the Act. In addition to the images of Queen Victoria and the British North America Act, Richards was required by the Government of Canada to include a Canadian flag. He added other symbolic elements as well, such as a vase featuring Her Majesty’s Canadian Diamond Jubilee emblem, a pink Queen Elizabeth rose, and six lights representing each decade of the Queen’s reign. Richards even secretly included two corgis in the carved finial at the top of the chair on Her Majesty’s left side—a secret detail that delighted the Queen when she saw the final piece.

Today, the portrait hangs in the ballroom of Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General, in Ottawa.<b

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