2015 UK £5 Gold Proof : The Longest Reigning Monarch
On 9th September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II achieved a remarkable record: The Longest Reigning Monarch. The previous record of 63 years and 216 days was held by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. By the way, the longest reigning British King was George III, who is third on the list with 59 years, 96 days.
For such a landmark, the Royal Mint commemorated the occasion with this 2015 £5 Gold Proof coin.
It is one of the many longevity records that is held by Her Majesty, who is also the oldest ever reigning monarch. On 6 February 2017 she became the first British monarch to reign for 65 years, her Sapphire Jubilee. The event was so unique that the term 'sapphire jubilee' was created just for the occasion.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1926 as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. After Elizabeth II ascended the throne on 6 February 1952, her mother became known as Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.
In 1947, the 21-year old Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, later to be known as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. They had four children: Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the Throne; Anne, The Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Description of The Longest Reigning Monarch 2015 UK £5 Gold Proof
The Obverse of The Longest Reigning Monarch 2015 UK £5 gold proof shows a special portrait of the Queen. James Butler created a new portrait that was used in just a few commemorative coins. The Butler portrait was also used on the 2016 Gold Sovereign proofs.
The Reverse, also be James Butler, features the Coronation Crown worn by The Queen on her coronation in 1952.
The edge of the coin is inscribed with 'LONG TO REIGN OVER US'.
The Royal Mint set a mintage limit of 1,500 of The Longest Reigning Monarch 2015 UK £5 gold proof coins, although only 1,000 are available in presentation edition boxes.