2002 13 Coin Gold Proof Set Golden Jubilee
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This incredible 2002 thirteen coin set is the largest Gold Proof annual set that The Royal Mint has ever issued.
The Queen's Golden Jubilee
In 2002 Elizabeth II celebrated 50 years since becoming Queen. She ascended to the throne following the death of her father, King George VI in February 1952. Elizabeth is one of only three British monarchs to celebrate a golden jubilee, the others being George III and Queen Victoria.
Though the year was a sad one for Her Majesty - coloured by her mother and sister's passing - the 2002 anniversary was marked across the Commonwealth by public events, a royal tour and a range of commemorative souvenirs, including this special thirteen coin commemorative set.
A 13 Coin Gold Proof Set
Gold Proof sets have been a perennial presence amid The Royal Mint's high-end commemorative offer for the last few decades. Gold collections of circulating coinage including Sovereign sets are now issued annually, alongside special event sets like those minted for the 2012 London Olympics.
However, the Golden Jubilee Gold Proof Set is unusual in the number of pieces it contains. No other 22 Carat Gold annual set has been released with thirteen coins. The 2002 set, presented in a large red-leather case included all UK decimal currency as well as four maundy coins. Only 2,002 sets were issued.
The 2002 Commemorative Crown
The largest coin in the 2002 Golden Jubilee 13 Coin Gold Proof Set is the 2002 Gold Proof Crown or Five Pound coin, struck in an impressive 39.94 grams of 22 Carat Gold.
Both sides of the 2002 Crown are the work of renown British sculptor, Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. The obverse shows a special robed and diademed effigy of the Queen. The reverse features another portrait of Her Majesty, this time on horseback.
2002 Jubilee Crowns were also minted in silver and cupronickel but Rank-Broadley's design is highly attractive in Gold Proof and an appealing addition to this 13 Coin Set.
Annual Issues in Gold Proof
The Golden Jubilee 13 Coin Set also includes a complete set of 2002 circulating coinage, minted in Gold Proof. These pieces all feature Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of the Queen to the obverse and are somewhat heavier than their cupronickel counterparts. The set includes:
- 2002 Two Pound with Bruce Rushin's reverse 15.97 grams of 22 carat gold
- 2002 One Pound: 19.61 grams with Norman Sillman's three lions design
- Christopher Ironside's Britannia 2002 Fifty Pence in 15.58 grams of gold
- A gold 9.74 gram William Gardener Tudor rose 2002 Twenty Pence
- 2002 gold Ten Pence with crowned lion weighing 12.65 grams
- 6.32 gram 2002 Five Pence with Christopher Ironside's Scottish thistle
- Prince of Wales 2002 Two Pence, also by Ironside in 13.96 grams of gold
- A gold 2002 Penny in 6.98 grams of gold, Ironside's crowned portcullis design
Gold Proof Maundy Money
Maundy coins are traditionally given as gifts by the monarch in Maundy Thursday in a ritual dating back to the Middle Ages. Maundy money is struck in denominations of one penny, two pence, three pence and four pence. These coins are legal tender but a only a limited number are struck each year, making them sought after by collectors
Maundy money is traditionally made of silver and the four coins within this 13 Coin Set represents a very rare occasion that gold has been used. Like all maundy money issued during the Queen's reign the four maundy coins in this Gold Proof Set show Mary Gillick's portrait of Her Majesty. The Maundy coins weigh:
- 2002 Gold Maundy Four Pence: 3.16 grams
- 2002 Gold Maundy Three Pence: 2.37 grams
- 2002 Gold Maundy Two Pence: 1.58 grams
- 2002 Gold Maundy One Pence: 0.79 grams
A Limited Edition Investment
It's been nearly twenty years since the 2002 Golden Jubilee 13 Coin Gold Proof Set was released but this collection continues to prove popular. We have seen prices rise year on year for the few that come to the market so it's clear that the 13 Coin Gold Proof Set is a solid investment.
This 2002 Proof Set is offered in pristine condition in its original case from The Royal Mint. Each coin is encapsulated and all booklets as well as the numbered certificate of authenticity are included.
All coins in the 2002 Golden Jubilee 13 Coin Gold Proof Set are legal tender, including the Maundy money, and are, as such, Capital Gains Tax free. They are also VAT exempt as investment gold.
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