To celebrate the sapphire jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, Britain’s Pobjoy Mint issued three commemorative coins on behalf of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
After acceding to the throne in February 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was held on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey. Coronations have been held at Westminster Abbey for 900 years, and Queen Elizabeth was the sixth monarch to have been crowned there. The service – a duty which has been undertaken since the Conquest of 1066 – was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and fell into six parts – the recognition; the oath; the anointing; the investiture, which includes the crowning; the enthronement; and the homage.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were driven from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the gold state coach, which was pulled by eight grey gelding horses, Cunningham, Tovey, Noah, Tedder, Eisenhower, Snow White, Tipperary and McCreery. The gold state coach has been used at the coronation of every British monarch since George VI. The return route was designed so the procession could be seen by as many people in London as possible and took the 16,000 participants two hours to complete. Designed by William Chambers and made by the coachmaker Samuel Butler, the coach features three cherubs on the roof representing England, Ireland and Scotland which support the Imperial Crown.
These three cherubs are depicted in detail on the reverse of the newly issued coin while the obverse features an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II produced exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
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