2000 Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Gold Proof £5 Centenary Crown
A year 2000 gold Proof Crown from The Royal Mint with only 3,000 coins struck for this issue. This gold Crown was issued in the new millennium in honour of the Centenary of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Both sides of this special coin were designed by Royal Portrait artist, Ian Rank-Broadley. The effigy of The Queen Mother was inspired by commissioned photographs of Her Majesty taken at Clarence House on the event of her 100th Birthday.
The Queen Mother
Born the Honourable Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon in 1900, she later became Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at just four-years-old when her father inherited his Scottish Earldom. In 1923, she married the second son of the Monarch, Prince Albert. The Queen Mother became the first British-born Queen consort since the Tudor times when her brother-in-law, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne. Her husband Prince Albert became King George VI and she became Queen Elizabeth. Their eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, became Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 at just twenty-five-years-old when George VI died suddenly. Queen Elizabeth's new title changed to HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to avoid confusion with her daughter's similar Sovereign title of Queen Elizabeth II.
During the Second World War, Queen Elizabeth and King George VI famously declined to evacuate their children from London, and instead shared the same dangers as the rest of the nation. She even was in Buckingham Palace when it was struck by nine direct and seven indirect bombs in September 1940 during the Blitz. The King and Queen visited families in the aftermath of air-raids as well as hospitals, troops and factories. Outside of the War and Royal duties, The Queen Mother also had a lifelong passion for horse racing, and even had a horse who narrowly missed out on a Grand National victory.
The Queen Mother's 100th birthday, in the year 2000, featured a parade held in her honour. More than 40,000 people lined the Mall to wave at The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret on the Buckingham Palace balcony after she arrived by horse and carriage with her grandson, Prince Charles. The Queen Mother also received the same card Elizabeth II sends to all centenarians, albeit with a personal message included. The card's envelope was opened by the sword of Captain William de Rouet, at The Queen Mother's request.
The Queen Mother passed away in 2002 aged 102, just a month after her second and youngest daughter Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.
Designing a Memorable Crown
A familiar name at The Royal Mint, sculptor and medallist Ian Rank-Broadley designed the 4th Portrait of The Queen on the obverse of British circulating coinage from 1998 to 2014. Over the years, he has also designed bespoke medals and commemorative coins for The Royal Mint including this tribute to The Queen Mother on her Centenary Year.
Ian Rank-Broadley's double design on this special Crown hosts the recognisable right-facing effigy of HM The Queen on the obverse and a left-facing profile of HM The Queen Mother on the coin's reverse. The Portrait of Elizabeth II was influenced by Sovereign artist Benedetto Pistrucci's portrait of George III issued in 1817, in the creation of a 'couped' Queen. The reverse featuring The Queen Mother in her diamond tiara is accompanied by an impression of her signature in the foreground. This is the first time her signature has appeared on a British coin. The image is accompanied by cheering crowds in dress from both the Victorian era and modern times, representing the celebrating of her birth in 1900 and her 100th birthday in 2000.
Buy a 2000 Gold Centenary Crown
This pre-owned 2000 gold Centenary Crown is struck in 22 carat gold, weighs 39.94g and contains 36.613g of fine gold. The perfect commemorative coin to mark the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen Mother's 100th birthday.
2000: A New Millennium
The dawn of a new century and a new millennium. The year 2000 saw; the opening of London Eye and Millenium Bridge, the grand opening of the Millennium Dome (now known as the O2 Arena) by HM The Queen, Ken Livingstone was elected as the first independent London Mayor, the first broadcast of reality show Big Brother, The Queen Mother turning 100, and the production of the Mini ending at MG Rover after 41 years. The year also witnessed the first London tram opening since 1952, Colin Fallow setting the British land speed record at 300.3mph, and the Royal Ulster Constabulary awarded the George Cross. 2000 was a remarkable year in history, now immortalised in coinage.
A Gold Proof Five Pound Coin
This £5 coin, or Crown, celebrates The Queen Mother on the events of her 100th Birthday in a carefully crafted gold Proof issue. Gold Proof coins are perfect for a serious collector. Produced at The Royal Mint, Proof coins:
- represent the highest quality of commemorative coins and are highly sought-after
- benefit from unrivalled sharpness, detail and finish. These coins are made in gold, silver and platinum and hand-finished to remove all imperfections.
- are created by The Royal Mint to be enjoyed and treasured as a piece of history. These coins make the perfect gift to hand down to generations of family. They can also be given as a wedding, anniversary, birthday or special occasion present.
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