2021 Her Majesty the Queen’s 95th Birthday 1 Kilo Gold Proof
A beautiful design with hidden meaning, struck on a one kilo gold proof coin to celebrate a royal first.
Her Majesty's 95th Birthday
In 2021, Her Majesty the Queen became the first British monarch to reach her 95th birthday. She marked her real birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on the second Saturday in June.
It was an important royal event though celebrations were subdued as the Queen remains in mourning for her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. Among the limited commemorations was a suite of collectible coins, issued by The Royal Mint to mark this significant milestone. Special Five Pound coins, designed by Timothy Noad, were offered as well as a special Sovereign collection, featuring a unique '95' crown privy mark and 95 edge mills.
One Kilogram of 999 Gold
Weighing in at 1005.00 grams with a diameter of 100.00 millimetres, this proof coin is crafted from 999 fine gold and is the heaviest piece minted for the Queen’s birthday. It's part of an exclusive collection of large and limited coinage, distinct from the pieces designed by Noad.
Only 15 of these gold proof one kilogram coins have been offered and this example has certificate number 6. It comes in its original presentation packaging from The Royal Mint.
This piece has a face value of £1,000 and is Capital Gains Tax exempt as UK legal tender.
Gary Breeze’s Symbolic Reverse
The reverse of this kilo gold coin features a subtle design by sculptor Gary Breeze. It's his third commission for The Royal Mint following earlier work on £2 coins.
Breeze's decorative design covers the entire face of the coin with what first appears to be a tangle of briars but closer inspection shows to be an arrangement of looping, calligraphic flourishes, sprouting leaves and roses with the Queen’s cypher in the centre.
Speaking about his work, Breeze said:
'I like to make sense of things in my design and add hidden meanings. The original design has been honed at each stage of production to make sure the details work at close scrutiny.'
Those clever details are found when you count the roses – nine for nine decades – and the leaves: 54 for the countries of the Commonwealth. The inscription 'MY HEART AND MY DEVOTION,' ensnared by foliage, is a reference to a promise made by the Queen during her 1953 coronation.
It's a very attractive design with a smart, symbolic message that looks incredible set on this brilliant 1-kilogram proof coin.
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