Sapphire Jubilee - Official UK Coins
Monday, 6 February 2017 | Gareth
In 1977 millions of people crowded the streets as Her Majesty The Queen made her way to St Paul’s Cathedral to begin her Silver Jubilee celebrations. Many millions more watched on television all across the Commonwealth, little knowing that we would go on to enjoy a Golden and later Diamond Jubilee. In 2017 The Queen will reach an unprecedented milestone of 65 years as Britain’s monarch – becoming the first and only British king or queen to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee.
Just as we have for every important royal occasion, The Royal Mint will issue the only official UK coins to mark the event. This silver kilo coin is struck in 999.9 fine silver and finished to Proof standard. The celebratory reverse, exclusive to the kilo and five-ounce coins in the Sapphire Jubilee range, was designed by Gregory Cameron, who also created the reverse of the UK’s last commemorative ‘round pound’. The coin comes with a booklet produced in collaboration with former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond, who has reflected on what has made Queen Elizabeth II such a popular monarch.