A commemorative coin showing the Queen on horseback has been unveiled for the Platinum Jubilee.
Marking seven decades on the throne, the equestrian image will be struck on the ‘heads’ side of the Royal Mint’s new 50p and a traditional £5 crown.
The coin’s other side will bear the number 70.
Designed by artist John Bergdahl, the coin, pictured, is the first collectable 50p piece to celebrate a royal event.
Beth Perry holding the new 50p coin by the Royal Mint. The commemorative coin shows the Queen on horseback and will mark the Platinum Jubilee
It is not, however, the first time a minted coin has shown the Queen on horseback, rather than her portrait on the obverse ‘heads’ side.
The equestrian design is reminiscent of the 1953 coronation and 2002 jubilee crown pieces, which showed the Queen on a horse.
The Royal Mint said this year’s design had been personally approved by Her Majesty.
The Royal Mint’s Clare Maclennan said: ‘Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee coins are enduring pieces of art that will be collected, cherished and passed down for generations.’
The new 50p coin by the Royal Mint, part of the Platinum Jubilee coin collection. Marking 70 years on the throne, the special obverse design, by esteemed artist John Bergdahl, depicts the Queen on horseback and will be struck on the ‘heads’ side of a new 50p
Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen throughout the Commonwealth after her father, George VI, died on February 6, 1952, while she was in Kenya.
The centrepiece of months of Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be an extended bank holiday from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5, with public events and community activities.
Royal Mint Museum Historian Chris Barker said: ‘The Queen’s legacy on coins stretches the length of her momentous reign, with The Royal Mint striking five definitive portraits of Her Majesty on official UK coin and celebrating previous Jubilees.
‘The 1977 Silver Jubilee crown was the first major UK commemorative coin produced at The Royal Mint’s Llantrisant home, after the minting in London ceased in 1975. Roughly thirty-seven million coins were produced at that time, and thousands were gifted to children across the UK as a memento of the occasion. Today’s launch marks another significant milestone, and The Royal Mint plays a proud part in the nationwide celebrations.’