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1980 Queen Mother 80th Birthday 25p Crown Silver Proof

1980 Queen Mother 80th Birthday 25p Crown Silver Proof Boxed
This Crown features the third decimal design released by The Royal Mint after decimalisation day in 1971. First minted in 1544, Crown’s had traditionally been valued at one quarter of a pound, or five shillings. The first four ‘modern’ Crowns carried a direct translation of this denomination, and had a face value of 25p, before they were increased to £5 in 1990 with the increasing price of metal and manufacturing. The decimal Crown has almost exclusively been used for commemorative coins such as this 1980 design celebrating the eightieth birthday of The Queen Mother. Born in 1900, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon came to prominence when she married the future King George VI in 1923. Following the abdication of Edward VIII, she acted as Queen Consort between 1936 and 1952 until her daughter, Elizabeth II, acceded to the throne. In her widowhood she was affectionately known as the Queen Mother, and she maintained her lifelong passions for outdoor pursuits, especially fishing and horse-racing. Her eightieth birthday was celebrated by The Royal Mint in 1980 with a range of Five Pound coins, including this Silver Proof example. Its reverse, designed by Richard Guyatt, features a small central portrait of The Queen Mother surrounded by a radial design of lions and bows emerging from the centre outward. This is a pun on her family name Bowes-Lyon. The Queen Mother’s image is paired with the second official numismatic portrait of her daughter, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by Arnold Machin. Struck in .925 sterling silver and finished to proof quality, this Twenty Five Pence Crown comes in its original presentation box with a wealth of information and pictures about The Queen Mother; it is one of 83,672 in this presentation. In a standard weight of 28.28 grams and diameter of 38.61 millimetres.
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Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Arnold Machin. Second official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D'.


Small portrait of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother surrounded by lions and bows. Surrounded by a legend reading: 'QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER’ ‘AUGUST 4th 1980'. Artist: Richard Guyatt.


Proof coin. 28.28 grams of sterling silver. Diameter: 38.61 millimetres. Face value: 25p / Twenty Five.


Offered sealed in its original box from The Royal Mint with relevant historical information and photographs. One of a limited issue of 83,672.


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