2015 Gold Proof Longest Reigning Monarch £10 Coin.
HM Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch on 9th September 2015, surpassing that of her great-great-Grandmother, Queen Victoria. At the time of issue, this was an astonishing 63 years!
This coin, struck in 22-carat gold is one number 03 of only 15 issued.
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on April 21st 1926 to Albert, Duke of York and his wife Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. When she was born, she was third in line to the throne, but as the daughter of King George V's second son and niece of the Prince of Wales, she was not at this point seriously expected to succeed to the throne.
Following the abdication of her uncle, Edward VIII, her father came to the throne as George VI, and Elizabeth became Heiress Presumptive* to the throne. Her six year old sister Margaret turned to Elizabeth and said 'poor you' in response to the news of the onerous responsibility she would one day have to shoulder.
It was on one of these overseas Royal tours, at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya, that Elizabeth was informed by her husband that George VI had died and that she was now Queen. When asked what regnal name she would reign under (her father's had been different to his real name) she replied 'Elizabeth of course'. This has been a source of minor controversy in Scotland ever since, as there had never been a previous Queen Elizabeth of Scotland, and thus her styling as 'Elizabeth II' north of the border, was and is viewed by some as anglo-centric arrogance.
You can read more on our blog on Queen Elizabeth II.
The obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
The reverse features the design of a shielded royal insignia in front of an oak tree and is inscribed:
LONG TO REIGN OVER US • TEN POUNDS
|Weight / Size||5 Ounce|
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||4.58|
|Fineness / Carat||0.917 / 22|
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||Unknown|
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