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1953 Elizabeth II Gold Coronation Medal Paul Vincze

1953 Elizabeth II Gold Coronation Medal Paul Vincze Obverse

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Scarce 18 carat gold medal by Paul Vincze (1907-1994), struck for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. No official Royal Mint medal was struck to mark the ceremony which was held at Westminster Abbey on 2 June and televised to millions around the world. Among the unofficial issues this is regarded as the stand out piece. The obverse features a right-facing portrait of the new Queen wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. Legend: ‘QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND’. Portrait is signed ‘P. VINCZE’ on the truncation of the neck. Vincze was a Jewish-Hungarian sculptor who designed coins for several African nations as well as medals for a wide range of international events and organisations. The reverse features a kneeling woman, watering national flowers (a rose, thistles and shamrocks) from a jug. She holds a trowel in her other hand. The legend around reads: ‘COMMEMORATING THE CORONATION’ with ‘JUNE 2ND 1953’ in the left field. This stunning medal is composed of 35.80 grams of 18 carat gold and has a diameter of 38.00 millimetres. Bronze and silver editions were also struck. The edge identifies this as ‘No 11’ of an issue of just 25. This example comes without its case of issue. Grade: Mint state, please see images. References: BHM 4451.
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Obverse

Right-facing portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with hair in knot at her nape wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. Effigy signed 'P VINCZE' to truncation of neck. Legend around reads 'QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND'.

Reverse

Kneeling woman watering rose, thistles and clover from jug, trowel in right hand. Signed 'P. VINCZE' to ground. 'JUNE 2ND 1953' in field. Legend reads 'COMMEMORATING THE CORONATION'.

Edge

Inscribed 'No 11' and 'P' 'V' for artist. Hallmark 'S' for 1953. Struck in London.

Specification

Minted in 35.80 grams of 18 carat gold. Diameter: 38.00 millimetres. 11th of just 25 struck. Missing certificate or box of issue.

Grade

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Who Was Paul Vincze?

Born in Hungary in 1907, Paul Vincze trained in Budapest and Rome before moving to London in 1938, fleeing Nazi persecution. He became a British subject in 1948, living between the capital and a home in the south of France. Vincze is admired for his medallic portraiture with this example being particularly praised. Other subjects included Pope Paul VI, President Harry Truman and Sir Winston Churchill. You can see his work on several mid-century Commonwealth coinages and in museum collections around the world including the Ashmolean and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Elizabeth II Coronation Medals

No official Royal Mint medals were issued to commemorate the coronation of Elizabeth II. The ancient ceremony took place on 2 June 1953. Among the numerous unofficial medals offered, Vincze's is particularly charming. The obverse portrait is regal, recognisable and human, achieving impressive depth in fairly low relief. The reverse offers a fresh take on the motif of Great Britain's national flowers, showing a young woman, trowel in hand, tending clover, thistles and a rose. This medal was struck in several metals though only 25 of the gold were minted.

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