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Niue 2018-P Queen Elizabeth II Blue Sapphire Jubilee - Coronation 65th Anniversary - Imperial State Crown $100 1 Troy Ounce Pure Gold Proof with Genuine Blue Sapphire Gemstone GX P04 P05 - MINTAGE ONLY 150

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Celebrate the 65th anniversary of the historic coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, with this handsome, one troy ouncepure gold proof with a genuine blue sapphire gemstone! Truly rare - mintage just 150!

Sold out at the Mint!Talisman Coins is honoured to bring you this extremely rare, pure gold proof to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In keeping with 900-year tradition, her coronation took place at Westminster Abbey. Rich in both religious and historic significance, the ceremony offered a sense of hope after years of post-war austerity. 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.

Investment Opportunity!This ultra low mintage, one troy ounce pure gold proof has a total mintage of just 150, making it extremely rare! Get this outstanding work of art, set with a genuine, natural blue sapphire, to mark the Blue Sapphire Jubilee of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II! Mintage just 150 - get yours now or forever hold your peace!

Please see the article at the end of this presentation for more information and images of the Crown Jewels, such as Elizabeth wears in her coronation portrait.

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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 BeatonIconography of This Outstanding Work of Art
The extraordinary design of this coin centers on the Imperial State Crown, as worn by Queen Elizabeth II upon leaving Westminster Abbey at the end of her coronation ceremony in 1953. A discussion of the Imperial State Crown, as well as the various crown jewels, is below.

A plethora of heraldic emblems comprise the royal symbols which surround the Imperial State Crown. Lion and unicorn supporters hold the banner that proclaims the anniversary 1953-2018. The Royal Arms of England (three lions rampant), Scotland (lion rampant), and Northern Ireland (Harp) are presented on shields.

The Scepter with the Cross and the Sovereign's Orb flank the Imperial State Crown beneath it. Both significant pieces of the Crown Jewels are described in more detail in the article below. The floral emblems of the four kingdoms surround the lower banner which reads QUEEN ELIZABETH II.

This coin features a genuine blue sapphire, in the center of the cross on top of the crown where St. Edward's Sapphire is located on the Imperial State Crown. This sapphire is a completely natural gemstone (not lab created or synthetic), and is untreated.

The Imperial State Crown Crown
The Imperial State Crown is one of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom and symbolizes the sovereignty of the monarch. It has existed in various forms since the 15th century. The current version was made in 1937 and is worn by the monarch after a coronation (St Edward's Crown having been used to crown the monarch) and used at the annual State Opening of Parliament.

The crown is adorned with 2,901 precious stones, including the Cullinan II diamond, St. Edward's Sapphire, the Stuart Sapphire, and the Black Prince's Ruby.

When not in use, the Imperial State Crown is on public display in the Jewel House at the Tower of London.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, in the famous wattle portrait by Australian painter Sir William Dargie. In 2018 we celebrate the 65th 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.

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 65th anniversary of her coronation, 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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Sculptor Mary Gillick created this image of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 for use on coinage.Obverse
The extraordinary design of this coin centers on the Imperial State Crown, as worn by Queen Elizabeth II upon leaving Westminster Abbey at the end of her coronation ceremony in 1953. The legends QUEEN ELIZABETH II, CORONATION and 1953-2018 mark the anniversary. The obverse is set with

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in her famous coronation portrait by Sir Cecil Beaton. The legend ANNIVERSARY OF CORONATION 1953-2013 denotes the theme. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark also appears. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear, while the legend 1 OZ 9999 GOLD guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging

The coin is encapsulated inside a luxurious, highly polished, solid wood, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and white satin, and protected by an outer cardboard box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.


SpecificationsHer Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, in her official coronation photographic portrait by renowned artist Dorothy Wilding.
Country Niue
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 100 Dollars
Weight 31.09 g
Diameter 40.00 mm
Mintage Limit    150
   
Finish Proof with Genuine Blue Sapphire Gemstone
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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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